Starting near the Dartmouth shore the bridge deck segments (in either 20 or 10 metre lengths) will be replaced.
A lifting gantry will be positioned on the suspender ropes, and the existing panel will be lowered to a barge in the harbour. A new panel will be lifted into position in the same manner. One deck panel will be replaced every three or four working nights. Weather, particularly wind, will be a concern for lowering and raising panels.
On the Halifax side the bridge deck panels will be replaced in 10 m lengths over land because they will be brought in by truck rather than on a barge.
Where the removal and installation work is complicated at the cable bents and towers, the work will be done with weekend closures.