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MacKay Bridge closed during the day May 27-28 for maintenance

The MacKay Bridge will be closed during the day May 27-28 to allow a half-dozen crews to carry out maintenance and inspections that are not possible when the 1.6 km bridge is open. “We understand the traffic disruption that results

Halifax Harbour Bridges celebrates Earth Day 2023 with lighting shutdown

For photographers who use the Macdonald Bridge as a backdrop for their beauty shots of Halifax, things are going to look a little different this weekend. In honor of Earth Day 2023, Saturday, April 22, Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) will

A message from our CEO on International Women’s Day

As Halifax Harbour Bridges celebrates International Women’s Day, we take a moment to acknowledge the many ways in which women contribute to our organization. From customer service to the management and the Board of Commissioners, women play a crucial role

MACPASS Miles: Run the bridge and support a great cause

  Conquer the Macdonald on Sunday, August 6 If you are already making plans for the Natal Day weekend, be sure to include MACPASS Miles, the annual one-mile run across the iconic Macdonald Bridge. Open to runners and walkers of

Halifax Harbour Bridges launches Key Partner Program

Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) is proud to announce the launch of its new Key Partner Program – an initiative aimed at fostering meaningful community support and involvement that will make an impact. HHB CEO Tony Wright made the announcement following

Macdonald Bridge digitally mapped: Asset Management for the future

Five years ago, if Ahsan Chowdhury wanted to know the condition of a hanger bolt on the Macdonald Bridge, he’d have to ask team members to strap on their safety gear and send them on the catwalks that run along the

Ho Ho Hold the toll

Halifax Harbour Bridges is once again making it a little easier for friends and families to visit on Christmas Day. The Commission charged with the safe and efficient operation of cross harbour transportation announced Friday it will not be charging

Happy holidays from Halifax Harbour Bridges

Watch as Santa tries to get through the tolls again this year!

$75 million earmarked for painting and steel work

Over the past 60 years, Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) has experimented with a number of paints and coatings to protect its two suspension bridges. Painting such large pieces of infrastructure by hand using seasonal workers is a daunting task…and as

Halifax Harbour Bridges 2021-2022 Annual Report now available

Halifax Harbour Bridges’ (HHB) latest annual report, Future Under Construction, offers stories and video detailing the organization’s efforts to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the bridges connecting Halifax and Dartmouth. The dynamic and entirely digital publication provides an insider

Halifax Harbour Bridges honours National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) is proud to fly the Mi’kmaq Grand Council flag to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30.  This marks the second year Canadians have been encouraged to commemorate the traumatic and painful

A great job with an even better view

Gary Stoker’s office has a spectacular view of Halifax Harbour. The furnishings may be sparce and the Wi-Fi signal spotty, but for the 51-year-old and the team painting the underside of the A. Murray MacKay Bridge in Halifax, the natural

HHB marks the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Halifax Harbour Bridges joins with Nova Scotians, Canadians and citizens of the world to mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Our flags are at half-mast at our toll plazas and we will be flying two Canadian flags from the

Pretty in pink

Almost every week on social media you can find a stunning photo of the Macdonald or MacKay bridges. Sometimes the towers and cables are bathed in moonlight, other times the iconic infrastructure provides a focal point to a classic shot

Pier rehabilitation explained

In late 2021, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSURB) approved a toll increase to accommodate a 10-year, $280-million capital and maintenance budget for Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB). As a public sector organization committed to transparency, HHB is publishing

Crowds flock to Macdonald Bridge for MACPASS Miles and Bridgewalk 2022

The Macdonald Bridge was bustling with a different kind of activity on Sunday, as thousands of people took to the traffic lanes for MACPASS Miles and Bridgewalk 2022.  MACPASS MILES 2022 Hundreds of runners of all ages raced across the

MACPASS Miles and Bridgewalk return to Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge in 2022

Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) is excited to welcome bridge enthusiasts back to the Macdonald Bridge this weekend for the return of the MACPASS Miles and Bridgewalk events on July 31, 2022. After being postponed for several years due to the

Paving on the MacKay, sidewalk resurfacing on the Macdonald

Traffic on the MacKay Bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Tuesday, July 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accommodate urgent repairs to the road deck. The emergency repairs will take place on the

Outgoing CEO lauded for commitment to safety

HHB CEO Steve Snider was lauded by two separated organizations recently for his contribution to promoting and developing a safety culture in Nova Scotia and beyond. Stuart MacLean, CEO of the Nova Scotia Workers Compensation Board, said Snider’s unrelenting commitment to

Tony Wright takes on CEO role beginning Aug. 8

Halifax Harbour Bridges today announced its new CEO. Tony Wright, currently general manager at Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), will take the reins at the provincial commission as of August 8. The Board chose Mr. Wright, an engineer,

April 14: Feast day for the patron saint of bridge builders

If there is a little extra spring in the steps of the engineering staff today, it may not just be because a long weekend is a few hours away. April 14 is the Feast Day for St. Bénézet, the patron saint

Bridgewalk 2022: Come walk the Macdonald Bridge

For the thousands of people that cross the Macdonald Bridge daily, the panoramic views of Halifax and Dartmouth are stunning – but fleeting. The opportunity to change that – and really soak in all the city perspectives from every part

Bridge traffic as a measure of economic activity

When local researchers study the impact of the pandemic, a look at traffic volumes on the Halifax Harbour Bridges could offer interesting metrics. “If traffic is a barometer of what is happening in the economy, as we’ve just passed the

Protecting the lifeline of a suspension bridge

In late 2021, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSURB) approved a toll increase to accommodate a 10-year, $280 million capital and maintenance budget for Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB). As a public sector organization committed to transparency, HHB is

Thriving in a non-traditional job

March 8 is International Women’s Day. At HHB it is an opportunity to learn more about employee Eyrka Sparks in Maintenance. When Eryka Sparks is plowing snow on the MacKay Bridge, the slight 23-year-old Dartmouth resident gets one of two

HHB’s pleasant Board anomaly

At a time when women are still under-represented on boards and commissions across Canada, Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) stands out. Not only are four of the nine board members women, but the key roles are held by women. “Nationally, women

Blue Nose Marathon returns to bridge

For the first time since 2018, Blue Nose Marathon runners will enjoy the thrill of crossing the Macdonald Bridge in their quest to accomplish their running goals. “We have always been a big supporter of the Blue Nose Marathon,” says

The MACPASS Mile is back: Can you conquer the Bridge?

It may not be the longest course in the province, nor feature that long hill that tests a real runner’s mettle, but the MACPASS Mile has a spectacular panoramic view of Halifax Harbour that you can’t find in any other race.

January 3 toll increase for Halifax Bridges

A toll increase that will allow Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) to fund a 10-year capital plan and continue to provide safe, efficient and reliable cross‐harbour transportation for the next decade will go into effect on January 3. 2022. The increase

HHB CEO on bridge closures and the 10-year maintenance plan

This story originally appeared as a guest column in the Chronicle Herald, December 10, 2021 If you got all your news from social media, you might think one of the two Halifax harbour bridges is constantly closed. There’s little question

HHB updates its five-year strategic plan

In 2020 Halifax Harbour Bridges approved a five-year strategic plan designed to serve as a roadmap for the organization. Crafted in early stages of the pandemic and prior to the approval of the first toll hike in a decade, the

Halifax Harbour Bridges Annual Report now available

The recently released Halifax Harbour Bridges 2020/21 annual report suggests the COVID 19 pandemic had a significant impact on both traffic volumes and corresponding toll revenues. With the province under a state of emergency during the entire fiscal year ending

Engineer’s family donates important drawing

A rare pen and ink concept drawing by one of the engineers that helped build the Macdonald Bridge was donated to Halifax Harbour Bridges recently. The 1949 drawing of the proposed Angus L. Macdonald Bridge was created by Charles A.E.

Scenic bridge views focus of HHB fundraising calendar

Halifax’s iconic harbor bridges often serve as a backdrop for the personal and professional adventures that take place around Halifax and Dartmouth. In a new fundraising calendar produced by Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB), the Angus L Macdonald Bridge and the

MADDness on the Macdonald Bridge

A dozen volunteers whose lives have been altered by a drinking and driving tragedy helped launch the annual MADD Canada red ribbon campaign at the Macdonald Bridge tolls on November 16. Halifax Police Chief Dan Kinsella was on hand and

NSURB approves toll increase for Halifax Bridges

Oct. 4, 2021 The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) has approved a toll increase that will allow Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) to fund its 10-year capital plan and continue to provide safe, efficient and reliable cross‐harbour transportation for

Questions and answers about the toll increase

On October 4, 2021, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) approved an application by Haifax Harbour Bridges for its first toll hike in a decade. As a result of the decision, the fee for passenger vehicles crossing the

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