Macdonald Bridge closure and highway crashes frustrate drivers
Traffic in Dartmouth and Halifax clogged due to unexpected closure
The unplanned closure of the Macdonald Bridge on Friday meant mounting frustration for many drivers whose commutes unexpectedly doubled in length.
At 7:30 a.m., Halifax Harbour Bridges said it hoped the bridge would be open by 8:30 a.m. About 40 minutes later, the bridge commission tweeted that would not happen. It remains closed.
Not even paramedics were allowed across the Macdonald Bridge this morning.
EHS told no chance of ambulance getting across bridge even if it's a life threatening emergency. <a href="https://t.co/oDEWMg8bqH">pic.twitter.com/oDEWMg8bqH</a>—@cbc_craig
The Halifax Transit ferry shuttling commuters between Dartmouth and Halifax had lineups of people hoping to avoid the traffic on the MacKay Bridge.
This is the line to the ferry at Alderney Landing . <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Halifax?src=hash">#Halifax</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNS">@CBCNS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/infomorning">@infomorning</a> <a href="https://t.co/CBEfnY2KVl">pic.twitter.com/CBEfnY2KVl</a>—@XenosNS
Several accidents, including a three-car crash on the Circumferential Highway leading to the MacKay Bridge caused more commuting problems.
3 car accident on circ to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mackay?src=hash">#mackay</a>. Traffic commute today very slow -<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mcdonald?src=hash">#mcdonald</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/biglift?src=hash">#biglift</a> is closed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcns?src=hash">#cbcns</a> <a href="https://t.co/lgQxUVTwxw">pic.twitter.com/lgQxUVTwxw</a>—@CBCcameraman
There was also a crash involving several cars on Highway 102 near the Hammonds Plains exit heading inbound.
7 car mva on hwy 102 inbound at Hammonds Plains exit. Traffic backed up considerably inbound. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hfxtraffic?src=hash">#hfxtraffic</a> <a href="https://t.co/rBo96bWXVY">pic.twitter.com/rBo96bWXVY</a>—@indoblue82
Dozens of people took to social media to vent their frustration. One person said what is usually a 30-minute commute took more than two hours.
<a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNS">@CBCNS</a> Eastern Passage to Bayers Lake - nomally 35 mins. Today 2hrs 10 mins—@iTeedee