Halifax’s bridges to see no less than five weekend closures this summer

By CityNews Halifax Staff

Officials at Halifax Harbour Bridges have announced upcoming closures of the two cross-harbour spans this summer due to maintenance.

The MacKay Bridge will be closed for four weekends to allow maintenance and inspection projects that cannot be done when the bridge is open to traffic.

The Angus L. Macdonald will also be closed for maintenance during one weekend and will be closed at other times to accommodate community events.

The MacKay closures will take place:

  • Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m. – Monday, June 10 at 5:30 a.m.
  • Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. – Monday, June 17 at 5:30 a.m.
  • Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. – Monday, June 24 at 5:30 a.m.
  • Friday, July 5 at 7 p.m. – Monday, July 8 at 5:30 a.m.

The Macdonald Bridge will also be closed at these times:

  • Sunday, May 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the Blue Nose Marathon route.
  • Sunday, Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for MACPASS Miles road races and Bridgewalk 2024.
  • Monday, Aug. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to noon as part of the Natal Day Parade route.
  • The full weekend closure for maintenance work at the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge will begin Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. The bridge will reopen to traffic on Monday, Aug. 19 at 5:30 a.m.

In addition, Halifax Harbour Bridges announces closures on its social media sites and on its message boards around HRM.

The bridge authority also notes that bridge and lane closures will cause traffic delays and heavier than usual traffic so people should consider other options.

Motorists should think about alternate routes or consider using buses or ferries with the closure times in mind and allow extra time to cross the bridges.

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