June 18, 2019
To ensure the ongoing safe operation of the MacKay Bridge, a series of weekend lane closures will begin the weekend of July 13th and continue until September. Two lanes on the MacKay Bridge will be closed each weekend from 7pm Friday until 5:30 am Monday.
The lane closures are necessary to: replace expansion joints at the abutments; replace waterproofing and asphalt on two of the four lanes of traffic and inspect the main cable.
One lane in each direction will be open instead of two. Because the work is weather dependent there will be some weekends when work can’t proceed.
As a result of these lane closures, HHB will not host MACPASS Miles or Bridgewalk Natal Day Weekend in 2019 and the Natal Day parade will not come across the Macdonald Bridge (it will begin and end in Dartmouth). These community events require the Macdonald Bridge to be closed for several hours. “We understand the disappointment for the many people who enjoy the opportunity to run or walk across the road deck of the bridge,” explains Steve Snider, general manager and CEO for HHB. “However, by closing the Macdonald Bridge at the same time as lane reductions on the MacKay we would be at risk of not fulfilling our mission of providing safe, efficient and reliable cross-harbour transportation.”