Brenton Street & South Park Street (Spring Garden Road to Clyde Street) - Building Demo

The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that on Saturday 27-May-2017 and Sunday 28-May-2017 buildings on Brenton Street will be demolished requiring the closure of the sidewalk. On Saturday 3-June-2017 and Sunday 4-June-2017 buildings on South Park Street will be demolished requiring the closure of the sidewalk.
 
Crews will be on-site from 6:00am to 7:00pm.
 
During this work, there will be full sidewalk closures in effect. Traffic safety personnel will direct motorists, pedestrians and cyclists around the worksite, as needed.
 
Motorists should expect delays in the area (on Brenton Street) and are asked to take alternative routes, if possible.
 
Access to all local businesses will be maintained at all times.
 
The municipality appreciates your patience while this work is underway.

Brunswick Street (Doyle Street to Spring Garden Road) - Underground Services

The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that on Monday 29-May-2017 to 3-June-2017 underground services will be installed within Brunswick Street.
 
In addition from Sunday 4-June-2017 to Friday 9-June-2017 various traffic control setups will be in place on Spring Garden Road between Queen Street and Brunswick street to facilitate the removal and install of underground services. Metro Transit detours will be in effect for this work.
 
Crews will be on-site from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
 
During this work, there will be a full Street Closure in effect. Traffic safety personnel will direct motorists, pedestrians and cyclists around the worksite, as needed.
 
Motorists should expect delays in the area and are asked to take alternative routes, if possible.
 
Access to all local businesses will be maintained at all times. Sidewalks will remain open during the closures.
 
The municipality appreciates your patience while this work is underway.

Road Closures, Parking & Transit - Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon

Thursday, May 18, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – Participants, residents, and visitors should plan ahead to avoid long waits and traffic tie-ups related to the 2017 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon when travelling to downtown Halifax this Saturday and Sunday.
 
The following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and parking during the races on Saturday, May 20: 

  • Brunswick Street between Cogswell and Sackville streets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sackville Street between Brunswick and South Park streets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Carmichael between Grafton and Brunswick streets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Market Street between Carmichael and Prince streets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Prince Street (westbound) between Brunswick and Grafton streets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Rainnie Drive between Cogswell and Brunswick streets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cogswell Street (inbound) between Cogswell Street Roundabout and Brunswick Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Halifax Regional Police will facilitate rolling street closures to allow traffic to pass through areas when participants are not present. Rolling closures on Saturday will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following streets:
 
Ahern Avenue, Bell Road, Cogswell Street, Cunard Street, Market Street, North Park Street, Robie Street, Sackville Street, South Park Street, Summer Street, Trollope Street, Atlantic Street, and Young Avenue

The following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and parking during the races on Sunday, May 21: 

  • Brunswick Street between Cogswell and Sackville streets from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Rainnie Drive between Cogswell and Brunswick streets from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sackville Street between Brunswick and South Park streets from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Carmichael between Grafton and Brunswick streets from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Market Street between Carmichael and Prince streets from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Prince Street (westbound) between Grafton and Brunswick streets from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Cogswell Street (inbound) between Cogswell Street Roundabout and Brunswick Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rolling closures on Sunday will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following streets:

  • Agricola Street, Ahern Street, Barrington Street, Bell Road, and North Park Street

There will also be significant parking restrictions throughout the downtown area for the duration of the weekend. Motorists are asked to follow signage indicating no-parking zones.
 
Halifax Transit is pleased to offer free conventional bus and ferry service for participants and volunteers to help reduce traffic and support the marathon. Participants and volunteers with credentials ride free all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This offer does not include MetroX or MetroLink bus services.
 
A number of bus routes will be detoured during the races. For complete details, please visit Halifax Transit’s Service Disruptions page or contact 3-1-1.
 
Every year the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon brings out thousands of participants and spectators. Motorists are advised to drive carefully this weekend, keep an eye out for people on the streets, and leave lots of extra travel time. The municipality and organizers appreciate your patience and compliance.
 
For more information on the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon, including the full schedule of events and run maps, please visit www.bluenosemarathon.com.
 

Spring Garden Road - Brunswick Street - Queen Street Traffic Control

The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that on Monday 22-May-2017, various traffic control setups will be in place to facilitate new underground services.

Crews will be on-site periodically for approximately 7 days.

Traffic safety personnel will direct motorists, pedestrians and cyclists around the worksite, as needed.

Motorists should expect delays in the area and are asked to take alternative routes, if possible.

Access to all local businesses will be maintained at all times. Sidewalks will be closed at times when excavations are taking place.

Metro Transit will have detours in place while this work is taking place.

The municipality appreciates your patience while this work is underway.

Navigator Program Update

Social responsibility: whose job is it anyway?
By Sacha Anderson, Navigator Street Outreach Program Coordinator

“Spare any change? Have a great day,” can be heard daily on the sidewalk as folks bustle by. Occasionally some stop briefly to place loose change in an empty coffee cup, giving a nod as they continue with their day.

With the weather starting to warm up, Haligonians once again venture out to enjoy all this city has to offer. However, for the Navigator Street Outreach Program (NSOP) it is business, as usual – all year around.

Not surprisingly, panhandling seems to be a hot topic during the initial months of warmer weather. With new social initiatives popping up, panhandling is sure to gain attention. Along with that increased attention, comes speculations and assumptions about what the city, province, and other groups are doing to address the complex issue of poverty here in Halifax.

In response, I’d would like to tell you about the Navigator Street Outreach Program (NSOP). NSOP is a social program that has been in place since 2007. The program’s aim is to support those who are precariously housed, homeless and/or street involved, to address barriers in accessing housing, education, employment, mental health supports, addictions treatment, social programs, and health care.

NSOP is jointly funded by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Spring Garden Area Business Association and Halifax Regional Municipality. The program works directly with community members, bringing services to the streets of Halifax, to break down barriers, and advocate alongside service users.

In the last year alone, NSOP has worked with 222 individuals, providing supports that range from assistance with obtaining identification, housing, employment, and emergency food – just to name a few of the services NSOP provides. It’s undeniable that each of these barriers are interconnected and most commonly tied to the larger structural and societal issue of poverty.

There is no silver-bullet solution to addressing the complexity of poverty and all that connects to its vast umbrella. When discussing such matters, we cannot take a singular approach, nor can we wear rose-colored glasses. While no one service, program, or initiative is going to “solve” these complex, interconnected societal, and structural issues, each has the capacity to raise awareness and educate the larger community. The business community and municipality providing support to social programming demonstrates a commitment to social responsibility as opposed to looking solely to provincial services.

Doyle Street - Street Closure

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that Doyle Street, from Brunswick Street to Queen Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday, Mar. 2.

The street closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is required to facilitate work on an adjacent development site. This work will proceed weather permitting.

Pedestrian access will be maintained along this section of Doyle Street at all times, and traffic control personnel will be on-site to assist as needed.

The municipality regrets any inconvenience this street closure may cause.

Doyle Street Closure

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that Doyle Street, from Brunswick Street to Queen Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday, Feb. 9.
 
The street closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is required to facilitate work on an adjacent development site. This work will proceed weather permitting, with a rain date of Friday, Feb. 10.
 
Pedestrian access will be maintained along this section of Doyle Street at all times, and traffic control personnel will be on-site to assist as needed.
 
The municipality regrets any inconvenience this street closure may cause.

Doyle Street Closure

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that Doyle Street, from Brunswick Street to Queen Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, Jan. 27
 
The street closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is required to facilitate work on an adjacent development site. This work will proceed weather permitting, with a rain date of Saturday, Jan. 28.
 
Pedestrian access will be maintained along this section of Doyle Street at all times, and traffic control personnel will be on-site to assist as needed.
 
The municipality regrets any inconvenience this street closure may cause.
 

Overnight Snow Removal on Downtown Streets

The Halifax Regional Municipality is asking residents to refrain from parking on select streets in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth tonight to assist with overnight snow removal. 
The municipal overnight winter parking ban has been lifted until further notice to allow residents to park in areas where crews won’t be undertaking snow clearing operations.
Barricades will be placed at the end of the streets where this snow removal work will take place. Traffic will be permitted to travel through but there will be no parking. Tonight crews will focus on removing snow from the following streets:

  • Queen Street (Dartmouth) from Alderney Drive to Irishtown Road
  • Spring Garden Road from South Park Street to Barrington Street (both sides)

Residents are asked to move their vehicles off the street in those areas between 11 p.m. tonight and 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Residents are reminded that under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, vehicles can be ticketed and towed any time of the day or night if they are obstructing snow clearing.
Rather than waiting for snow to accumulate, the municipality is taking a more proactive approach by removing snow in problem areas in between weather events. This will help maintain parking in the business districts and ensure emergency vehicles, buses and other traffic can safely access the streets throughout the winter. 

For more information on municipal winter operations, visit www.halifax.ca/snow.

Overnight Snow Removal Tonight on Downtown Streets

The Halifax Regional Municipality is asking residents to refrain from parking on select streets in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth tonight to assist with overnight snow removal. 

The municipal overnight winter parking ban has been lifted until further notice to allow residents to park in areas where crews won’t be undertaking snow clearing operations.

Barricades will be placed at the end of the streets where this snow removal work will take place. Traffic will be permitted to travel through but there will be no parking. Tonight crews will focus on removing snow from the following streets:

  • Argyle Street from Prince Street to Blowers Street
  • Blowers Street from Market Street to Granville Street
  • Portland Street from Dundas Street to Victoria Road
  • Queen Street (Dartmouth) from Alderney Drive to Irishtown Road
  • Spring Garden Road from South Park Street to Dresden Row (time permitting)

Residents are asked to move their vehicles off the street in those areas between 11 p.m. tonight and 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Residents are reminded that under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, vehicles can be ticketed and towed any time of the day or night if they are obstructing snow clearing.

Rather than waiting for snow to accumulate, the municipality is taking a more proactive approach by removing snow in problem areas in between weather events. This will help maintain parking in the business districts and ensure emergency vehicles, buses and other traffic can safely access the streets throughout the winter. 

Doyle Street - Street Closure

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that Doyle Street, from Brunswick Street to Queen Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday, Jan. 12.
 
The street closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is required to facilitate work on an adjacent development site. Please note this work will proceed weather permitting, with a rain date scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13.
 
Pedestrian access will be maintained along this section of Doyle Street at all times, and traffic control personnel will be on-site to assist as needed.
 
The municipality regrets any inconvenience this street closure may cause.
 

Birmingham Street (Spring Garden to Clyde) Reinstated to Two-Way Traffic This Week

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that Birmingham Street, between Spring Garden Road and Clyde Street, will return to two-way traffic beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
 
This section of Birmingham Street had been converted to one-way traffic flow in 2014 to accommodate an encroachment by a nearby development. Now that the development is complete, two-way traffic can be reinstated.
 
Crews will be working in this area of Birmingham Street and Clyde Street today, Dec. 20, installing temporary ‘no parking’ signs to facilitate changes to signage and parking meters. New ‘two-way traffic’ signs will be installed at the beginning of the block to alert motorists to this traffic flow adjustment.
 
Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are advised to travel through this area with caution over the next few weeks as residents adjust to this street network change.
 
The municipality regrets any inconvenience this work may cause.