While Hamilton’s Pan Am Stadium may be on time and on budget, the same can’t be said for the redevelopment of the Queen Street Hill.
The reconstruction of the heavily used mountain access began in June and was originally projected to be completed by around Labour Day.
But city officials say it likely won’t be completed until mid-to-late October.
Gary Moore, the director of engineering services with Public Works, blames the delays on the need for more retaining walls and having to work around butternut trees.
The trees, listed as a species at risk, had to be catalogued by the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Moore says the project will also exceed the 4.3-million dollar budget, but it’s not known by how much at this point.
The closure of the Queen Street Hill, which handles up to 20-thousand vehicles a day, has created more congestion on the mountain, most notably the nearby West 5th Hill.