Tolls to increase in New Year on Halifax Harbor bridges
The cost of using a bridge to cross the Port of Halifax will increase as of January 3.
Halifax Harbor Bridge officials said the hike, which was approved by the Nova Scotia Public Services and Review Board on Monday, will mean a passenger vehicle using a Macpass will pay a dollar to the instead of 80 cents. Anyone using cash will have to pay $ 1.25, compared to a dollar.
“This is the first increase in a decade,” said Steve Snider, chief executive officer of the Bridges Commission.
He said the Big Lift project, which involved replacing the deck of the Macdonald Bridge, cost more than $ 200 million.
According to Snider, an additional $ 280 million is needed for capital projects on the Macdonald and MacKay bridges. This work includes repairing the steel parts of the Macdonald and dehumidifying the cables of the MacKay.
“It’s routine work, but there is more and more of it as the bridges age,” Snider said.
A new study suggests the MacKay’s bridge system will reach the end of its life by 2040.
Engineers recommend building a brand new six-lane bridge, with pedestrian and bicycle lanes. Snider said it would be a billion dollar project. A final decision has not yet been made. But part of the toll increase will cover planning and design work.