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Repairs to bridge deck cause eastern delays

HALIFAX, N.S. -- The Seal Island Bridge, also known as Great Bras d'Or Bridge, on the Trans-Canada Highway connecti...

HALIFAX, N.S. — The Seal Island Bridge, also known as Great Bras d’Or Bridge, on the Trans-Canada Highway connecting Kelly’s Mountain to Boularderie Island will be resurfaced in the near future.

Originally opened to traffic in 1962, the time has arrived to replace the bridge deck.

This major project has been divided into different phases. Phase I begins this fall. Crews will install pre-cast concrete slabs on the western end of the span and strengthen the existing steel truss. This work began Sept. 4, and will continue until approximately Nov. 16.

One lane of traffic will be maintained on the bridge at all times except for three early morning closures each week between midnight and 6 a.m. Closures will be advertised in advance, on radio, in newspapers and on the government of Nova Scotia Web page at

It is expected the nighttime closures will begin Sept. 18.

The maximum width for all vehicles crossing the bridge will be restricted to 3.2 metres during construction, and vehicle travel will be controlled by traffic signals.

For more information on extra-wide loads, truckers are asked to contact Gerard Jessome, Project Engineer, Department of Transportation and Public Works, 902-674-2146.

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