A brand-new recreation trail in Thunder Bay, one that's not even officially open yet, already needs some repairs.

Part of the pathway on the west side of Golf Links Road, south of Oliver, was washed away by a recent rainfall.

Project manager Rick Harms speaks for the city engineering division. 

He said about 40 thousand dollars worth of repairs will be done.

"We attribute it to just the steep slopes and the amount of runoff that is coming off that Iron Range (bus lines) property. The rock treatment that was done obviously had to be extended farther, and that's where we're working with our consultants and the contractor involved."

Closed recreational trail

Part of a new recreational trail on the west side of Golf Links Road has washed away, and needs repairs including rock and culvert work. (Josh Lynn-CBC)

Repairs should start next week. Harms said the city will pick up the tab because "it's not due to faulty workmanship," but rather the fault of mother nature.  

He added that "the trail component of the project was really just a design-build in the field.  And there wasn't a lot of substantial engineering design or hydraulic analysis that went into it. It's typical that if there is a problem area like this, we would respond and get the bank stabilized"

Harms said engineers are looking at additional rock-work and possibly some additional culverts.

There's also some washout on the shoulder of Golf Links Road in the same area.