Nova Scotia

Construction stalled on Dartmouth bus terminal

A $12-million expansion of the Dartmouth Sportsplex bus terminal is on hold while the municipality deals with two other issues.

A $12-million expansion of the Dartmouth Sportsplex bus terminal is on hold while the municipality deals with two related concerns.

The project is key to the Halifax Regional Municipality's transit plan. If the bus terminal doesn't expand, the transit system can't either.

Coun. Jim Smith, who represents the area, said people are getting antsy.

"We're getting calls daily from bus users and drivers trying to get this thing moving along," he told CBC News on Monday.

Halifax regional council approved the construction project in the spring. So far, however, there's nothing to show for it.

Smith said there is work to do on the storm water drainage system first. Also, the provincial government must give written approval of the plan to handle slate on the site.

"It it's not moved it can be crushed up and used on site. If it has to go off site the only place you can put it is in the harbour," Smith said.

The municipality hopes to get an answer soon in case any blasting is necessary.

If so, Smith hopes the work happens this summer while students at nearby Dartmouth High School are away. But if there is a delay, the blasting would have to happen around school hours.

"That certainly would cause some inconvenience and hopefully not too much cost," Smith said.

There have been a number of changes and delays to the bus terminal project over the years.

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