Nova Scotia

Northwest Arm seawall will cost $4M to fix

Repairs on the crumbling Northwest Arm seawall are scheduled to start this summer, but the project is so expensive, at $4 million in total, work will have to be spaced over several years.

Repairs on the crumbling Northwest Arm seawall are scheduled to start this summer, but the project is so expensive, at $4 million in total, work will have to be spread over several years.

Eve Lyttle and Wayne Haggett walk their two dogs in Sir Sandford Fleming Park every day. To them, it seems like the seawall wears down a little bit more each day.

"It does seem a bit dangerous with just those metal barriers there, because the ground is very loose around it, where they haven't repaired the wall. Over in places the water comes up when it's high tide and it's lapping," said Lyttle.

The repairs are coming, said area councillor Linda Mosher, but only about $500,000 has been found so far.

The total cost of repairs are estimated to be more than $4 million for the 801-metre long wall.

Parts of it were built in the early 20th century with what's known as dry stone masonry — stacked stones without mortar, concrete or steel reinforcement.

"We'll be having a formal long term solution, but it will have to be done in phases. I hope that it won't take ten years, but it'll take several years to complete."

About a year ago, a woman was injured when she fell from the seawall near the Dingle Tower into the Arm.

Haggertt and Lyttle say they'd like to see something done sooner rather than later.

"Sounds like a long time. Where it's been so long that its been crumbling. I don't know that they can keep up with it with these barriers," they said.

The $4-million solution is the most expensive option, but it will keep the historic look to the seawall, which Mosher said community members felt was important.