The Windsor Street Exchange Redevelopment Project

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Project Overview

The Windsor Street Exchange redevelopment project involves the redesign of the intersection of Bedford Highway, Windsor Street and Lady Hammond Road. As one of five roadway access points to the Halifax Peninsula and the downtown core, approximately 48,000 vehicles per day travel through this area, and the Windsor Street Exchange is currently operating above its available capacity during peak travel periods. The goals of the project are to add active transportation connections transit priority measures through the intersection, improve the movement of vehicles and goods through the area, and improve the safety for all road users.

Background

The Halifax Regional Municipality, in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Port of Halifax, submitted a proposal to redevelop the Windsor Street Exchange to the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF). Transport Canada evaluated projects on specific trade-related criteria, as well as the extent to which a project would add capacity or address bottlenecks near major ports, airports, or along road and rail corridors in Canada that contribute to generating or increasing overseas trade.

A concept for the Windsor Street Exchange redevelopment was submitted to Transport Canada in May 2019. The concept confirmed that a reconfiguration of the transportation network could meet the goals of the NTCF program, and on June 2, 2019, the Minister for Transport announced that the Windsor Street Exchange project, along with a complementary project by the Port of Halifax, had been approved.

On August 13, 2019, when authorizing the contribution agreement with Transport Canada, Regional Council directed staff to explore whether community benefits could be part of the selection of a preferred concept.


Project Status

The project team has awarded a contract to WSP Canada to begin the design process, which is expected to take up to two years. Construction is expected to take two to three years, and is scheduled to begin in 2025. Further status updates will be provided throughout the design process.

Next Steps

Public engagement is an important component of the design process, with Phase 1 of public engagement beginning in April. This first engagement phase will share the project background and objectives and receive feedback from the public about how they currently use the Windsor Street Exchange and what improvements could be made to the interchange. The feedback received will influence draft designs. The project team will then return for a second round of engagement in fall 2021 and present draft designs for public feedback.

The project team has been exploring the potential of including community benefits as part of the project. Due to the proximity of the project to the historic Africville community, community consultations will be held with the Africville community to identify concerns and opportunities associated with the project. The Mi'kmaq are the founding people of Nova Scotia, and consultations will be held with the Mi’kmaq and Urban Indigenous communities to identify opportunities with the project.

How can I participate in the Windsor Street Exchange redevelopment project?

Phase 1 of public engagement was conducted in Spring 2021. You can watch the recorded virtual Open House and read through a summary of questions and answers from the open house. The feedback heard during this engagement will be used to influence design concepts. Please check back in Fall 2021 for our next phase of engagement.

Upcoming Engagement

Consultation with the Africville, Mi'kmaq and Urban Indigenous communities to identify potential community benefits for the project is expected to be held in Summer 2021.

Phase 2 of Public Engagement will present functional design drawings and gather feedback, and is expected to take place in Fall 2021.

Phase 3 of Public Engagement will present preliminary design drawings based on functional design and feedback gathered during previous sessions, share details on the remaining project schedule and expected construction timelines, and is expected to take place in early 2022.

Project Overview

The Windsor Street Exchange redevelopment project involves the redesign of the intersection of Bedford Highway, Windsor Street and Lady Hammond Road. As one of five roadway access points to the Halifax Peninsula and the downtown core, approximately 48,000 vehicles per day travel through this area, and the Windsor Street Exchange is currently operating above its available capacity during peak travel periods. The goals of the project are to add active transportation connections transit priority measures through the intersection, improve the movement of vehicles and goods through the area, and improve the safety for all road users.

Background

The Halifax Regional Municipality, in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Port of Halifax, submitted a proposal to redevelop the Windsor Street Exchange to the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF). Transport Canada evaluated projects on specific trade-related criteria, as well as the extent to which a project would add capacity or address bottlenecks near major ports, airports, or along road and rail corridors in Canada that contribute to generating or increasing overseas trade.

A concept for the Windsor Street Exchange redevelopment was submitted to Transport Canada in May 2019. The concept confirmed that a reconfiguration of the transportation network could meet the goals of the NTCF program, and on June 2, 2019, the Minister for Transport announced that the Windsor Street Exchange project, along with a complementary project by the Port of Halifax, had been approved.

On August 13, 2019, when authorizing the contribution agreement with Transport Canada, Regional Council directed staff to explore whether community benefits could be part of the selection of a preferred concept.


Project Status

The project team has awarded a contract to WSP Canada to begin the design process, which is expected to take up to two years. Construction is expected to take two to three years, and is scheduled to begin in 2025. Further status updates will be provided throughout the design process.

Next Steps

Public engagement is an important component of the design process, with Phase 1 of public engagement beginning in April. This first engagement phase will share the project background and objectives and receive feedback from the public about how they currently use the Windsor Street Exchange and what improvements could be made to the interchange. The feedback received will influence draft designs. The project team will then return for a second round of engagement in fall 2021 and present draft designs for public feedback.

The project team has been exploring the potential of including community benefits as part of the project. Due to the proximity of the project to the historic Africville community, community consultations will be held with the Africville community to identify concerns and opportunities associated with the project. The Mi'kmaq are the founding people of Nova Scotia, and consultations will be held with the Mi’kmaq and Urban Indigenous communities to identify opportunities with the project.

How can I participate in the Windsor Street Exchange redevelopment project?

Phase 1 of public engagement was conducted in Spring 2021. You can watch the recorded virtual Open House and read through a summary of questions and answers from the open house. The feedback heard during this engagement will be used to influence design concepts. Please check back in Fall 2021 for our next phase of engagement.

Upcoming Engagement

Consultation with the Africville, Mi'kmaq and Urban Indigenous communities to identify potential community benefits for the project is expected to be held in Summer 2021.

Phase 2 of Public Engagement will present functional design drawings and gather feedback, and is expected to take place in Fall 2021.

Phase 3 of Public Engagement will present preliminary design drawings based on functional design and feedback gathered during previous sessions, share details on the remaining project schedule and expected construction timelines, and is expected to take place in early 2022.

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Windsor Street Exchange

3 months

Please look at the map of the Windsor Street Exchange and think about your experience using this intersection while walking, rolling, biking, using a mobility device or getting onto or off transit.

Think about these questions: 

  1. What specific areas feel uncomfortable or unsafe? 
  2. What sections of the intersection need the most improvement? 
  3. Where would you like to see new or improved infrastructure (e.g. sidewalks, bike lanes) for people on bikes, walking, rolling, or using a mobility device?
  4. What specific areas feel uncomfortable or unsafe when getting on or off a bus, or walking to or from a bus stop? 
  5. Are there areas you would prefer to see bus stops? 

Click the + button on the left-hand side of the screen to add a pin. Drag and drop the pin onto the map and add your comments. Then click submit!

CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded. Please check back in Fall 2021 for our next phase of engagement.