Why does the CN bridge on Quinpool Road need to close entirely?
A full closure of the CN bridge on Quinpool Road is necessary to complete rehabilitation, repairs, and safety improvements to the aging infrastructure. The bridge cannot be open to traffic as the structure would not be able to support any mode of transportation while extensive work is being completed.
Why were Chebucto Road and Connaught Avenue chosen for the detour?
When mapping out a detour involving an arterial road, the municipality must do its best to direct the traffic onto roads of similar classification. Chebucto Road and Connaught Avenue are also arterial roads, so that is why they were chosen for the detour. The goal is to get motorists back on their original path as efficiently as possible, and avoid deliberately detouring vehicles on to local roads wherever possible.
Why can't I use Armview Avenue as a detour route onto the Peninsula?
Armview Avenue at Quinpool Road will be impassable for several weeks at the beginning of the closure due to accommodate required infrastructure work by Halifax Water. This work involves connecting new water and sewer pipes in the Flinn Park area to the existing pipes in the street.
The sidewalk on the south west corner of Quinpool and Armview will not be impacted. This is why pedestrians and cyclists (who will have to dismount and walk for a short section of 20m or less) can use this route but motorists cannot.
Following completion of the Halifax Water infrastructure work, access to Armview from Quinpool is for local traffic only (no through traffic).
What is being done to prevent shortcutting on streets between Quinpool Road and Chebucto Road?
The chosen detour route on Chebucto and Connaught is where the municipality is advising trucks, buses and regular traffic to travel. It’s important to note that when dealing with detours of this nature, it is typically faster and more efficient to remain in the flow of traffic, as it can be very difficult to re-enter after taking a shortcut.
The barricade sign will say, “Street Closed, Local Traffic Only”. What will be considered “local traffic”?
Quinpool Road will be closed at the Armdale Rotary (inbound) and Connaught Avenue (outbound) for the duration of the project to all through traffic. Any traffic with a destination inside the local traffic only area is considered local. All residences, businesses, and institutions in the local traffic area will remain accessible. However, motorists should not be entering the area with the intention of using residential streets as a means to detour around the bridge closure. Local services such as school buses, garbage collection, and mail delivery will continue to have access. Routes that do not service addresses in the local traffic area will be required to follow the posted detour route.
Will someone be onsite at the barricade to confirm whether a vehicle qualifies as “local traffic”?
Staff will be onsite to remind motorists that they will only be able to access local streets, that they cannot cross Quinpool bridge, and that through traffic is not permitted.
How will this affect emergency services in the area?
We have communicated project details with first responders to ensure proper planning and coordination. Proper planning will allow emergency crews to access the same areas surrounding the bridge, they just won’t be able to cross the actual bridge while it’s under construction.
Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency uses a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system that regularly adapts to road closures, so there is no anticipated delay in service delivery.
I currently use an electric scooter to get around. Will I be able to use the bicycle/pedestrian detour?
All licensed motor vehicles will be detoured via the posted motorist detour route on Connaught and Chebucto. Pedestrians (including those who may use a motorized wheelchair) and cyclists (including those on e-bikes) will be detoured via the pedestrian/cyclist detour routes on Armview, Tupper Grove and Prince Arthur.
What will the construction hours be for this project?
The exact hours of construction are still to be determined. However, the contractor is required to follow the municipality’s noise bylaw. This means any construction that takes place will be within the hours of 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday and on holidays.
Does the work being done to the Quinpool Road bridge have anything to do with potential commuter rail?
No. This work is strictly related to infrastructure repairs, restoration and and safety improvements to the aging CN bridge on Quinpool Road. This is essential to continue meeting requirements associated with current rail activity and associated safety standards.
Will residents in the Armview Avenue/Tupper Grove area be able to turn left onto Quinpool Road during the bridge closure?
No. The intersection of Armview and Quinpool will be closed to motorists during construction. Traffic is normally restricted from turning left from Armview onto Quinpool and traffic management is not intending to remove this restriction during the closure.
How much will the municipality be contributing to this project?
The municipality’s capital budget has allocated $845,000 for the bridge rehabilitation on Quinpool Road. The contribution for the Marlborough Woods and Belmont on the Arm bridges is currently being finalized. The municipality’s contribution for the three structures is anticipated to be $1.8M based on preliminary estimates provided by engineers.
How will I be informed of progress with the CN Bridges Rehabilitation Project?
Regular project updates will be posted to this web page, once work commences. Information regarding the impact on traffic, including detour routes, will be posted here. Also, you can follow @hfxgov on Twitter for ongoing updates.