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Halifax may get new bridge or tunnel by 2016

HALIFX, N.S. -- Halifax may one day have its own Chunnel or a new bridge, according to a report by the Chronicle He...


HALIFX, N.S. — Halifax may one day have its own Chunnel or a new bridge, according to a report by the Chronicle Herald.

Due to an increase in both population and traffic in Halifax, the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission (HDBC) has suggested a new south-end bridge or tunnel may be needed as early as 2016 to complement the A. Murray MacKay and the Angus L. Macdonald bridges. HDBC chairman Tom Calkin says about with 32 million vehicles crossing the spans each year.

The debate over whether metro needs a $1.1-billion, six-lane bridge or a $1.4-billion, four-lane tunnel has yet to be played out, according to the Chronicle Herald. However, the best place to put the structure has already been chosen. The new connector could link Highway 111 in Woodside with the CN rail cut at the south-end container terminal.

The province has already said it plans to pave the south-end rail cut to accommodate trucks servicing the container pier as part of the Atlantic Gateway project. A four-year-old study revealed that the cost to pave and widen that could be as high as $50 million.

–with files from the Chronicle Herald


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