Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is pleased to announce that the new Cogswell roundabout will be operational this Monday, Aug. 24, and the streets previously closed for its construction will reopen at the same time, with the exception of Rainnie Drive.
Permanent changes were made to Rainnie earlier this summer to make it a one-way street between Cogswell Street and Gottingen Street. Traffic in the roundabout will not be able to access Rainnie except off of Cogswell, and only when headed downtown.
Crews will be on site early Monday morning to remove the construction signs and barriers and prepare the roundabout for traffic. The streets will reopen and vehicles will be allowed in the roundabout at approximately 9 a.m., after peak traffic subsides. Pedestrians already have access to the sidewalks and crosswalks in the roundabout.
People travelling through the new intersection in the coming days are advised to do so slowly and to watch for new traffic signs.
Motorists are also reminded that the area remains an active construction site while work continues on the adjacent greenway trail and pedestrian plazas on the Halifax North Common. That work is expected to continue into September. During that time, please drive carefully and keep an eye out for construction workers and heavy equipment, as well as cyclists and pedestrians.
The municipality would like to thank the neighbouring residents and the general public for their patience and cooperation over the past two years as work for the North Park Intersection Redesign project was underway.
This initiative is about more than reconfiguring intersections — it is a bold approach to a larger civic project that includes many disciplines, departments and goals. Redesigning the area has allowed for significant neighbourhood improvements, including upgraded street, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and high quality public spaces. For more information, please visit http://www.halifax.ca/traffic/NorthParkIntersectionRedesign.php.