BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The mayor of Burlington has announced the reopening of a rehabilitated section of the city's bike path.

Work on the path from Oakledge Park to Roundhouse Park is now complete reconnecting the South End of the city to downtown, Mayor Miro Weinberger said this week.

“Even as the City is focused on our response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we also continue to advance projects that ensure that we will be a stronger community on the other side of this,” he said in a written statement.

The path was widened from 8 feet to 15 feet and a wall of boulders was added to absorb waves and prevent icing and wear on the bike path that runs along Lake Champlain, he said.

“The 1,000-foot stretch of Path along the Barge Canal was previously a narrow and occasionally treacherous section bombarded by waves, ice, blowing sand, and snow,” Cindi Wight, director of Burlington Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront, said in a written statement. “Now, this section is completely rebuilt with accessibility, safety, resilience, increased recreation opportunities, and reduced maintenance costs in mind."