There will be traffic interruptions at the Victoria Road Interchange Sunday, Dec. 4 as Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) removes five 20-metre light standards.
The move comes one year after a similar light standard collapsed during a windstorm. Inspections subsequently found seven other standards with evidence of fatigue. They were removed within days.
The five light standards to be removed Sunday have been inspected following wind events with no indication of trouble. However, given the increasing number of wind events, and the time required for constant inspection, HHB decided it was prudent to remove the existing standards.
The removal effort will necessitate traffic interruptions at the Victoria Road Interchange beginning at 6 am Sunday. Work is expected to continue until Monday at 5:30 am. The MacKay Bridge will remain open and access from Highway 111 will remain largely unaffected. Rotating detours will be in place for the roads feeding into the interchange. Every effort will be made to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible.