FALL RIVER: The Fall River bridge will be closed to all traffic for up to two weeks as work continues on the water project, however pedestrian access will be maintained, Halifax Water confirmed on July 23.
In a release, James Campbell, spokesman for Halifax Water, was alerting pedestrians and motorists to the forthcoming closure, which will begin at 6 p.m. on July 29 and last until 6 p.m. August 12.
“As part of the extension of water service to the community of Fall River, Dexter Construction, on behalf of Halifax Water will require the 24 hour closure of Fletcher’s Run Bridge,” said Campbell.
Campbell said during the closure access to Highway 2 will be via a signed detour using Fall River Road, Windsor Junction Road, Cobequid Road, Rocky Lake Drive, and Waverley Road and the opposite for accessing Fall River Road.
“There will be local traffic only on Fall River Road between Lockview Road and McPherson Road,” he said. “Residents will have access to their properties.”
As for a three-way stop at the intersection of Cobequid Road and and Windsor Junction Road—as there was a couple years ago during the bridge construction—HRM spokesman Brendan Elliott said that’s not in the plans for this work.
“Because of the shorter duration of the project, and the expected lower volumes of traffic for these two weeks, we are not planning to make changes to this intersection,” said Elliott. “We will be monitoring the situation during the closure, and are able to react quickly if a change is warranted.”
Traffic control personnel will be on-site to ensure smooth traffic flow around the work zone, said Campbell
“On-site personnel will also maintain communication with local residents and businesses to help minimize disruption,” he said.
Motorists should expect delays. Motorists are also reminded that speed fines double in work zones.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this community water infrastructure improvement work may cause,” said Campbell.
When asked about those pedestrians who use the bridge, Campbell said that access won’t be impeded. The work is not on the bridge itself but at the entrances to either side.
“The bridge itself will not be under construction, it is on the approaches to the bridge,” he said. “Therefore pedestrian access will be maintained.”
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