It was expected to be a traffic nightmare — but so far it hasn’t materialized.
When the provincial government announced that large sections of the Fairview overpass would be closed to traffic for six months starting in early October, officials predicted endless, slow-moving lines along the popular stretch of road leading to-and-from the city during peak traffic times.
But about a week after the first orange pylons appeared on the pavement, cars are still moving quite well through the construction zone — with some drivers even telling Metro it’s been a quicker commute for them.
“In the mornings it’s somewhat backed up, but I don’t think it’s as bad as everyone was led to believe,” said Fairview-Clayton Park Coun. Russell Walker. “Most times during the day, it’s pretty easy-going.”
Unfortunately, the chaos that had been predicted on the overpass may be materializing elsewhere — namely along the alternate routes officials have been touting since the project was announced. There have been reports of heavy traffic along Magazine Hill and Highway 102 since construction began Oct. 5.
“People are definitely heeding the suggestion to take alternate routes,” said Patricia Jreige, a spokesperson for the province’s transportation department. “With any formal detour, or when people take it upon themselves to take an alternate route, you can expect traffic tie-ups in other areas.”
Neither the transportation department nor Halifax Regional Police could provide concrete numbers indicating an increase in traffic on these alternative routes.
The six-month, $5-million refurbishment of the inbound Fairview overpass is slated for completion by the end of March.
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