Toll increase application to NSUARB

Updated June 14, 2021

On January 29, 2021 Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) made an application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) to increase tolls, the first request in ten years. The increase is required to fund HHB’s 10-year capital, rehabilitation and maintenance plan and related borrowings to ensure the bridges are well maintained and operational for the safety and convenience of the travelling public.

The NSUARB public hearings for the toll increase were held virtually June 14 . For the full application go to The matter number is M09980.

HHB is asking for NSUARB approval to increase tolls as follows. The complete proposed toll rate structure is here.

  • $0.20 per crossing for regular passenger cars using MACPASS ($0.80 to $1.00)
  • $0.25 per crossing for cash customers ($1 to $1.25)
  • An increase of 25% per axle for commercial vehicles using MACPASS
  • An increase of 25% per axle for commercial vehicles using cash
  • No changes are proposed for buses

Capital projects for the next ten years are expected to cost more than $280 million. Projects in the 10-year plan include:

  • For the Macdonald Bridge, rehabilitation of elements that were not replaced as part of the Big Lift including: concrete repairs, steel and paint repairs and the replacement of approach span bearings.
  • Work on the MacKay includes: rehabilitating the concrete substructure, rehabilitating the concrete approach spans, resurfacing the suspended spans, main cable dehumidification and potential deck segment replacement.
  • Maintenance is required over the next 10 years to several overpasses leading to the bridges that are more than 50 years old (Princess Margaret overpass, Baffin Boulevard retaining wall, CN overpass, Windmill Road overpass, and Victoria Road overpass).
  • Replacing the electronic toll collection system. HHB’s tolling system is 13 years old, with some components as old as 22 years. The infrastructure (coin collection system, etc.) and the information technology used are obsolete and no longer supported.
  • Scoping study and preliminary design for the replacement of the MacKay Bridge.


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