Road closures at Sauble's downtown core will create pedestrian mall for long weekend

The iconic sign at Sauble Beach is seen earlier this spring in this file photo. (Postmedia Network) SunMedia

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South Bruce Peninsula council has directed staff to create a pedestrian mall at the main corner of Sauble Beach for the Civic Holiday long weekend by closing portions of Main Street and Lakeshore Boulevard North.

The move is being made to help with the large number of people expected to travel to the beach this weekend. It’s the first time the downtown core will be restricted to vehicles for an entire weekend, according to Mayor Janice Jackson.

Main Street will be closed from Lakeshore Boulevard North to Second Avenue North. Lakeshore Boulevard North will be closed from Main Street  to First Street North for the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the long weekend.

A staff report suggested clearing trees, brush and laying down gravel to open Third Street South as right-of-way access to Lakeshore Boulevard South amid the road closures. Third Street South is currently unopened and unmaintained. Pictures included in the report show a narrow laneway between two residences with trees and foliage dotting the landscape.

Council decided against that option, according to an e-mail sent Thursday by Mayor Janice Jackson. Instead, a different access point will be opened for a small number of cottagers on Lakeshore Boulevard South. However, Jackson didn’t want to advertise the access route to those who don’t own property affected by the road closures, fearing it may cause an excess of traffic through the residential area.

Notices have been hand-delivered to any businesses affected by the closure, according to the staff report, and Jackson reached out to the Saugeen First Nation to notify them of the town’s plan.

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