Big Lift schedule update – 46 of 46 segments replaced

March 22/2017

Halifax Harbour Bridges will be meeting with the contractor next week and will be able to provide an update on the opening of the sidewalk and bike lane after that. We appreciate everyone’s patience and will open both as soon as work is complete and it is safe to do so.

February 27/2017

(Dartmouth, N.S.) Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) announces that the 46 segments on the suspended spans of the Macdonald Bridge have been replaced, marking a major milestone for the Big Lift and the end to regular weekend closures.

“My sincere thanks to everyone working on this project through all types of weather and to the dedicated team supporting the project behind the scenes,” says Steve Snider, general manager and CEO. “Most of all I want to thank the public for their patience, interest and support. There remains a lot of other work to do and we look forward to wrapping that up this year.”

The next milestone will be to complete the sidewalk and bike lane. Some of the work remaining includes: welding the joints between segments, installing sidewalk and bike lane pieces around the towers, applying wearing surface where the segments join and installing the barriers. “We are waiting for an update from the contractor on the schedule for completing the sidewalk and bike lane. We will open the sidewalk and bike lane as soon as it is safe to do so,” says Snider. The HHB shuttle service will continue to operate until the sidewalk and bikeway reopens.

Overnight closures 7:00pm – 5:30am Sunday – Thursday will continue until project completion.

The remaining milestones for the Big Lift include:
• Replace suspender ropes (hangers)
• Finish paving the Halifax side span
• Replace expansion joints
• Dehumidification of the main cables