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Crane Removal Update

**** TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL Media Release

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Work on the next phase of the crane removal at a building on South Park Street in Halifax will begin Monday, Oct. 21, with the cutting and removing of the main tower.

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Weather on Thursday, Oct. 17, and gusting winds today, Oct. 18, delayed a planned start this weekend. Work continues on the ground over the weekend to immobilize the base of the crane tower and reposition the heavy lift crane prior to dismantling efforts.

“We continue to make progress,” said Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This is a complex project and the weather and other factors continue to impact work. However, with all factors considered, as well as the safety of our work crew, we can now share an estimated timeline for completion of this project.”

The dismantling and removal of the remaining portions of the crane is anticipated to take 10 working days from Monday, Oct. 21, weather permitting and provided there is nothing unforeseen.

Once this portion of the work is complete, and if it is safe to do so, residents and business owners who have been evacuated will be allowed to return to their homes and businesses.

That decision will be made in consultation with structural engineers, the Department of Labour and Advanced Education and Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services.

The final phase will involve site clean up which should conclude in early to mid-November.

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Further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

Quick Facts:
— the crane collapsed during Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 7, on a building on South Park Street in Halifax
— the front jib and the counterweight jib were taken off the Olympus building over the Thanksgiving weekend. The catwalk was also cut and removed from the boom on Sunday, Oct. 13
— government declared a localized state of emergency at the site where the crane rests on Sept. 18. It was extended twice and remains in place until Oct. 30
— the localized emergency area is defined as the city block within the boundaries of Cathedral Lane, and bordered by Brenton Street, Brenton Place and Spring Garden Road
— Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services is responsible for the evacuation order affecting residential and business tenants

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