The Menesetung Bridge Association is worried about the condition of the north bank of the Maitland River just east of the bridge in Goderich, because of erosion.
Association Chair Michael Dawson this week appeared before Town Council, requesting $2,500 to help bring in an expert to assess the bank and suggest a remedy.
Council has voted in principle to support the hiring of an engineer.
Dawson says hiring a geomorphologist is recommended in an engineering assessment conducted by B.M. Ross and Associates.
He mentions that the slope was created when the Canadian Pacific rail line was built in the early 1900s, and much of it was filled in with gravel.
Dawson says the course of the Maitland in Goderich has changed in recent years, and the flow of the water is cutting into the slope.
The action of the water on the slope is making that portion of the Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail unstable.
Dawson says the Menesetung Bridge Association, the Maitland Trail Association and the G2G Committee are seeking a total of $7,500 to $10 thousand.
They are also asking Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Council, the County of Huron and the province for help with financing the study.
The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority will supervise a plan to prevent further erosion damage in the area.