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Link: Defence Team Update #7 (24 January 2023)
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Defence Team Update #9 (revised): Cogswell District Project
Temporary stairs between parking area K and Barrington Greenway to be replaced with permanent stairs, changes to Halifax Transit Route 50 outbound
12 October 2023
Local Defence Team,
As the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Cogswell District Project steadily progresses, here are two recent updates that will impact some members of our workforce:
1. Temporary stairs at HMC Dockyard to be replaced with permanent stairs
On February 23, 2023, temporary stairs were constructed between HMC Dockyard non-operational zone parking area K and the Barrington Greenway to allow safe pedestrian access between Barrington Street and HMC Dockyard during the closure of Valour Way south. These stairs were removed on October 10, 2023 to make way for a permanent set of stairs that was expected to be constructed by the end of November 2023. Due to unforeseen delays with the handrail fabrication, the stairs are now expected to be completed by December 15, 2023.
Timeline as follows:
- Week of October 10-13: Removal of temporary stairs/scaffolding
- Week of October 16-20: Clearing of vegetation
- Week of October 23-27: Construction of permanent stairs begins
- December 15: Construction of permanent stairs is completed
Until the permanent stairs are constructed and open for use, local Defence Team members are asked to use the access tunnel located near the intersection of Valour Way and Barrington Street.
2. Cogswell District Road Closure – Route 50 Detour
Halifax Transit Route 50 (Dockyard – Shipyard) is currently on detour due to the Cogswell District project. The detours currently in place began on Monday, February 6, 2023, and will remain in place until Wednesday, October 18, 2023.
On October 18, 2023, a new detour for Route 50 Outbound will be implemented. Please see the Halifax Transit Service Disruptions page and the map below for more information.
Reminder: Valour Way south (at Upper Water Street intersection) closed as of February 6, 2023
The south entrance to Valour Way (at Upper Water Street) is now closed to motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic as of February 6, 2023 and will remain closed for a duration of approximately two years (see Figure 1). This closure allows for the construction of a new roundabout that will create a more efficient flow of traffic to/from the downtown core. Pedestrian, bicycle and large, commercial truck traffic now have access to/from the south end of HMC Dockyard via a temporary gate located between His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Scotian and the Base Logistics HAZMAT building (Figure 2). Personal motor vehicle traffic is not permitted entry or exit at this Dockyard South Access Gate. Personal motor vehicle traffic is to enter/exit HMC Dockyard property via the Barrington Street/North Street intersection or the Niobe Gate Bridge access road. Halifax Transit Route 50 – Dockyard-Shipyard – is on detour. Defence Team members can learn more details about this closure in Defence Team Update #7.
Cogswell District Project Timeline
Please note that Cogswell District Project timelines are subject to change based on fluctuations in Halifax Regional Municipality’s (HRM) construction schedule as well as external factors. CFB Halifax, Real Property Operations Section Halifax (RPOSH) and other stakeholders are working together to respond accordingly to ensure disruptions to our members and operations are minimized.
Defence Team feedback
CFB Halifax recognizes that local Defence Team members may be impacted differently by the Cogswell District Project based on their specific work arrangements, travel requirements and other factors. Members are asked to speak with their respective Chains of Command/supervisors if they have any concerns. Further, Defence Team members can always send their feedback directly to CFBHalifaxPublicAffairs@forces.gc.ca throughout the duration of the Cogswell District Project.
Local Defence Team members will be kept informed on any future impacts to Defence property, personnel and operations as roundabout construction progresses. All updates are consolidated and available on the Trident Newspaper website at www.tridentnewspaper.com/cogswell.
HRM’s Cogswell District Project, the biggest city-building project in the history of Halifax, will convert 16 acres of road infrastructure into a mixed-use neighborhood, extending the entrance of the downtown northwards and reuniting communities separated by the interchange lands. The project’s construction work is being executed by infrastructure and project lead, Dexter Construction Limited.
A portion of Department of National Defence (DND) property at the south end of the HMC Dockyard parking lot continues to be impacted by this project as construction progresses on a new roundabout that will create a more efficient flow of traffic to/from the downtown core. Once complete, this roundabout will offer Defence Team members access to enhanced walking paths and bikeways and a more seamless vehicular entry and exit route at the south end of Valour Way.
For more information on the Cogswell District Project, please visit the Halifax Regional Municipality website: Cogswell District | Cogswell Interchange | Halifax