Bridge facelift set for this summer

Bridge south elevation scaled_3Upgrades to the Little Sackville River Bridge facade are set to go ahead this summer, and will mean a significant improvement to Sackville Drive.

The Sackville Business Association is hosting an open house outlining the details of the project in conjunction with the Sackville Rivers Association on Wednesday, June 27, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Sackville Business Association has been pressing for the upgrades for several years, so executive director Michelle Champniss is delighted to see the bridge work getting underway.

“The upgrades will make a big improvement to that stretch of Sackville Drive,” Champniss said. “We really have to thank Halifax Regional Municipality for committing and going ahead with this project.”

The bridge is located just north of the intersection of Sackville Drive and Riverside Drive. The existing metal guardrails will be replaced by lookoffs with new stone work. An accessible walkway will run from Sackville Drive to the grassy area beside the river, and new trees and shrubs will be planted on both sides of the bridge.

The open house will be held at Acadia Hall, 650 Sackville Drive. A representative from HRM will be on hand at the open house with conceptual drawings of the bridge to answer questions on the details of the project.

The Sackville Rivers Association will be present to talk about their plans for the Sackville Greenway Trail. The Acadia Recreation Society will also have a display on their ongoing park project behind Acadia Hall and the library.

Downsview-bridge scaled_1_0The proposed Sackville Greenway trail would run alongside the Little Sackville River adjacent to Downsview Mall and would make use of the accessible walkway installed during the bridge project.

“We are very excited about the upgrade, as it will be a major addition to our Sackville Greenway and will add greatly to the looks of Sackville Drive,” said Rivers Association president Walter Regan.

The SBA acknowledged the construction will mean some delays to traffic, but asked for people’s patience while the work is going ahead.

“The end result will be well worth it,” Champniss said.