Timeline

Planning for the Big Lift began in 2010. The general contractor was selected in June 2014.

Big Lift timeline

  • Tender issue – December 2013
  • Tender close – April 2014
  • Award – June 2014
  • Fabrication – 2014 – 2015
  • Preparatory work – continuous overnight bridge closures – March 1 2015 – Sunday to Thursday (five nights a week), 7:00pm – 5:30am
  • Sidewalk and bike lane removed. Continuous shuttle service begins – June 29 2015
  • Deck segment installation – October 2015 (Originally end of August 2015)
  • Replacement of two segments a weekend – April 2016
  • Raise the bridge profile – August (final in December)
  • Final welding between new deck segments (transverse deck welding) – August and September
  • Modifications to lifting gantry – September 2016
  • Finish paving Dartmouth side span and the main span – September 2016
  • Begin replacing final 16 segments on Halifax side span – October 2016
  • Complete deck segment replacement – end of February 2017
  • Open the bike lane and sidewalk throughout the day – mid to late March 2017 (opened June 22, 2017)
  • Replace expansion joints – summer 2017
  • Pave Halifax side span – summer 2017
  • Project completion – Fall 2017 (revised to Spring 2018. Continuous overnight closures end at the end of November 2017. Periodic closures required until project completion).

Weekly updates on closures, news and project progress can also be found at https://www.hdbc.ca/