Nova Scotia

Quinpool Road to reopen on Monday morning

Commuters and residents could have an easier journey in and out of Halifax starting next week, thanks to the reopening of a part of Quinpool Road that was closed to replace a bridge.

Chunk of major artery has been closed since April 1, causing heavier traffic on other routes

A section of Quinpool Road that has been closed since April is being paved and is expected to reopen on Monday morning. (Robert Short/CBC)

After nearly four months of traffic headaches for residents and commuters in Halifax, the slowdowns around the Armdale roundabout will soon be over.

A source with knowledge of the project told CBC News on Thursday that Quinpool Road will reopen on Monday morning.

In a press release issued Friday, the municipality confirmed the stretch would reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, with a rain date of Tuesday.

The municipality also noted that the free, unrestricted parking spaces created along the closed section of Quinpool will revert to their previous use when the road reopens.

A chunk of the major thoroughfare between the roundabout and Connaught Avenue closed on April 1 so a bridge over the CN rail line could be replaced.

The closure has since caused extra traffic volume to be pushed to Chebucto Road and elsewhere.

Traffic counts from 2015 found that more than 24,000 vehicles use Quinpool Road on weekdays and about 23,000 use Chebucto Road daily.

The bridge project was expected to be finished in mid-August. 

The job included removing and replacing the concrete on the bridge, rebuilding and waterproofing the arch of the bridge, and constructing a separate bridge to carry water and wastewater pipes over the railway cut.