CN Bridges Rehabilitation Project

Last updated: November 28, 2022

Project Background 

Since 2017, Canadian National Railway (CN) has completed rehabilitation and repairs on several cost-shared structures within the municipality, as listed below. Future plans for further rehabilitation work in partnership with the municipality are underway. This work includes:

  • Rehabilitation to the arch bridge structures (responsibility of CN); and, 
  • Full replacement of the paved surface and sidewalk(s) at each location (responsibility of the municipality).

Jubilee Road

The work on Jubilee Road, previously anticipated to begin in July 2022, has been paused until spring 2023 to allow for additional time for technical considerations.  

The upcoming work will include the rehabilitation of the arch bridge structure, as well as the full replacement of the paved surface and railing, and the sidewalks, at each location. There are no immediate structural concerns with the existing bridge impacted by the delay to the project.

The construction tender for the project is expected to be awarded by CN in early 2023.  

In late March 2022, preliminary site preparation, including tree removal, was completed. CN made every effort to remove only the trees required to accommodate repairs to the bridge.

This page will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

Quinpool Road

The work for the Quinpool Road bridge rehabilitation was completed on July 29, 2019 and the road has now reopened to traffic.

Belmont on the Arm & Marlborough Woods 

The work for the Belmont on the Arm & Marlborough Woods bridge rehabilitation was completed in June 2020, and the road has now reopened to traffic.

Coburg Road 

The work for the Coburg Road bridge rehabilitation was completed in December 2020 and the road has now reopened to traffic.

South Street

The work for the South Street bridge rehabilitation was completed in September 2021 and the road has now reopened to traffic.  

Common Questions 

How will this affect emergency services in the area?

We have communicated the 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, as they will be directed to use the detour route.  

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. 

Some parking in the area will be restricted to allow for the passage of larger vehicles.  

How will this affect pedestrian traffic in the area? 

All pedestrian traffic will be required to use the same detour as the roadway traffic. The detour route has a pedestrian sidewalk for the full length of the detour.  

What will the construction hours be for this project?

The exact hours of construction will vary, however, the contractor is required to follow the municipality’s noise by-law. This means that all construction will take place within the hours of 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, within the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

How will I be informed of progress with the CN Bridges Rehabilitation Project?

Regular project updates will be posted to this web page. Information regarding the impact on traffic, including detour routes, will be posted here. Also, you can follow @hfxgov on Twitter for ongoing updates.