The staircase on Murray Road is being torn down this week after the Sooke District found sections of it were rotting.
“It should only take a couple days to remove,” said Rob Howat, director of development services at the Sooke District.
The district is having the staircase dismantled by local Corrections Candada inmates. Howatt said he believes this is a great idea because it allows the inmates a chance to give back to the community, while saving the district money.
“They’ve done other work for us through a program that started a long time ago, so we put a request in to have them do this,” said Howat. “They do a lot of road side work, and most of the time they will do trails and park stuff.”
Following the dismantelling, the district is hoping to put in a request proposal within a couple of weeks to have a new staircase built. The new staircase is hoped to be completed come the end of October.
“The staircase is a prime access to the Rotary Warf and we want to get it fixed as soon as possible,” said Howat. “It gives the public the ability to go walk along the waterfront, so it’s certainly a community ammenaty that we need to have access to.”