Our Neighbours

Beginning in early March 2015 Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) began on-site work on its largest capital project since the MacKay Bridge opened in 1970. The project is called The Big Lift and involves replacement of the suspended spans of the Macdonald Bridge, which will ensure the long-term safety of the bridge.

The Big Lift includes: replacing the road deck, floor beams, stiffening trusses and suspender ropes on the suspended spans of the Macdonald Bridge. When The Big Lift is complete, a significant amount of the bridge infrastructure will be new. The bridge will be open to vehicular traffic during the day. The work will be done mostly with overnight and several weekend bridge closures over the 18-month period.

Recognizing that the bridge is located near where you live, we want to be sure that you, our neighbours, have the details of the project and are aware of any impact it may have on you. We hosted two meetings in February 2015 to present the details of The Big Lift and to answer any questions our neighbours may have.

Click here to see a copy of the presentation from the neighbourhood meetings.

In 2012 HHB conducted a sound study to measure sounds in the neighbourhood today versus what people can expect during the project. Click here to see a copy of a presentation of the sound study.

In July a letter was mailed to neighbours with an update about the project. Please click here.

If you wish to become part of our mailing list or if you have any questions on the project please email us at thebiglift@hdbc.ns.ca.

 

Timeline

  • Fall 2014 – 2015
    Deck segment fabrication
  • March 2015
    Overnight bridge closures begin
  • End of June 2015
    Sidewalk & bike lanes removed
    and HHB shuttle service begins
  • September 2015 – Fall 2016
    Deck segment installation
  • December 2016
    Sidewalk & bike lanes reopen
  • September 2017
    Project conclusion

 

To learn more about the project, please take some time to explore the website.