Thursday, April 9, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Residents who normally travel past the Halifax North Common should plan to adjust their route starting this weekend, as the first round of street and sidewalk closures goes into effect for construction of another roundabout in the area.
Work last year focused on construction of the Cunard Street roundabout, which opened in November. This year’s construction involves the second roundabout at the intersection of North Park, Cogswell, Rainnie, Trollope and Ahern streets.
Starting at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 12, the following streets will be closed to all vehicle traffic and parking until further notice:
- North Park Street between Cornwallis Street and Cogswell Street
- Cogswell Street between North Park Street and Bauer Street
The block of Cogswell Street between Bauer and Gottingen streets will also be closed to through traffic starting Sunday. Crews will accommodate local traffic on that block only.
This first phase of closures is expected to last until early June. The existing sidewalks on those two streets will also be removed for the same period; however, construction staff on site will accommodate access for pedestrians to homes in the area.
Halifax Transit buses that normally travel on North Park and Cogswell streets will detour around the construction for the duration of the closures. For specific information on affected routes, residents should refer to Halifax Transit’s Service Disruptions page.
Residents in the area have been notified of the construction and the anticipated impacts on their property. Parking arrangements were made to accommodate residents who will not be able to access their driveways due to the construction and street closures.
Arrangements have also been made for the contractor on site to facilitate garbage, organics and recyclables collection on the regularly scheduled pickup days.
Like the Cunard Street intersection, the intersection at Cogswell needs to be upgraded as it no longer meets national transportation standards. With five streets feeding into it, the Cogswell intersection suffers from problematic traffic flow, frequent collisions and poor connectivity from street to street. A roundabout will help improve safety and street use for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, and also reduce delays for all users.
The redesign project also includes the realignment of Rainnie Drive to Cogswell near Bauer. This will result in Rainnie being converted to a one-way street towards downtown, from Cogswell to Gottingen Street. This permanent change will go into effect later this year.
For more information on the North Park Street Intersection Redesign, please visit www.halifax.ca.