Tenders are expected to go out “in the next day or so” for construction on the Fairview overpass, a project that was scheduled to begin in the spring, a provincial transportation spokeswoman said yesterday.
Patricia Jreige of Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal said construction is expected to now begin on the six-month project in early fall. She said there was a delay in starting the roughly $5-million project because of design issues and in meeting height requirements with CN Rail.
An estimated 30,000 vehicles use the overpass on the Bedford Highway each day – more so from September through April. A consultant report recommended an overhaul of the overpass after a similar overpass collapsed killing five people in Laval, Que. three years ago.
Up to three lanes will be open when work begins on the project. Area councillor Russell Walker told CBC he hopes crews can work during the night to make it easier for commuters.