Cogswell interchange demolition plans underway
Members of the Cogswell Project team held an information session Wednesday night
Those in charge of Halifax's Cogswell Interchange Project agree its demolition will cause some short term pain, but steps are being taken to minimize problems.
"Can I promise that no one will be impacted? Absolutely not," said John Spinelli, the project director. "But it comes down to planning and communication, it's the best we've got."
Members of the Cogswell Project team held an information session Wednesday night.
Reconstructing the grid
"I came to get some sense of why they were taking it down," said Grace Patterson, a resident of north-end Halifax. "I have noticed the intense amount of traffic on Lower Water Street, so I can see there are going to be issues."
The WSP Group and CBCL Engineering have been hired to help design and manage both the demolition and the street grid reconstruction.
"We have to be able to phase it so it can be built safely," said Peter Bamforth, an engineer with WSP, "But also so that traffic, pedestrians and cyclists and everyone else who wants to use this area can move through it safely as well."
Spinelli said the number of detours will be kept to a minimum so commuters won't have to adjust too many times. He adds local businesses will be given as much notice as possible.
"They may plan their own renovations to coincide with a particularly disruptive phase," said Spinelli.
A construction contractor could be hired by the fall of 2017. The project is supposed to take three years to complete.
"The final goal is going to be worth all the pain and disruption," said Audrey Muir, a senior transportation engineer with CBCL, "Because I really do believe that this is going to be a revolutionary project for the city."