Over the past month, Algoma Steel Inc. has been loading on barges at Purvis Marine, with finished product intended for the company's customers, mostly situated along the Great Lakes. That loading made it necessary at times for the right lane of Bay Street to be closed to traffic.
The loading began Feb. 13 and concluded March 16, said Brenda Stenta, spokesperson for Algoma Steel.
Stenta said the company has loaded product at Purvis Marina in years past, necessitated by the seasonal closure of the Soo Locks.
Tessa Vecchio, spokesperson for the City of Sault Ste. Marie, said Algoma Steel applied for Municipal Consent under the Road Cuts By-law to allow for the closure of the right lane on Bay Street.
The Road Occupancy permit allowed the loading from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Feb. 13 to March 13, and an extension was granted until March 17.
Those permits are required when using a roadway for any purpose other than intended, said Vecchio. The review of the application for the permit was handled through the city's Engineering Department.
"Algoma Steel and the Contractor handling traffic control are required to adhere to insurance requirements, provide notices as set out in the Road Cuts By-law and sign a Waiver Release and Indemnity Agreement whereby they confirm and acknowledge to be responsible for any damages that may arise from the Road Occupancy of city property," said Vecchio.
Stenta said Algoma Steel engaged Avery Construction to implement and maintain the lane closure, in accordance with the traffic control plan filed with the city, "while maintaining safe access to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, Northern Superior and the Tap Room via Bay Street."