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 Windsor Street Exchange redevelopment project is early in the planning process. The design process is expected to take 18 months to two years and construction is expected to take an additional two to three years. Further status updates will be provided throughout the design process.


Next Steps

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.

The project team has also prepared an RFP (request for proposal) to begin the functional design, which will develop conceptual options, conduct engagement, prepare preliminary cost estimates, evaluate options, and arrive at a recommended option for further detailed design.

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

Two types of consultation will be held for this project. The project team is inviting the Africville community to participate in consultations to identify potential community benefits that could be considered in the project scope.

Africville Community Consultation

WATCH the virtual Information Session in the sidebar of this page or on YouTube. We invite you to watch at your convenience to hear details of the Windsor Street Exchange project, the process to identify potential community benefits for the Africville community, and hear information on projects and initiatives impacting the Africville community.



ASK questions through the forum on this page. We will monitor for questions and share answers regularly.



SHARE your feedback with us! An online survey is available on this site until 5 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020. You can complete a paper copy of the survey by visiting the Halifax North Memorial Public Library. Contact the consultation team to arrange for an alternative method to provide feedback (such as by phone) by e-mailing sorokam@halifax.ca or by calling 311.


Upcoming Engagement

The project team will be inviting all residents who want to participate in the design process to join in future public engagement that will share options and receive public input on the opportunities with this transportation project. Public consultation will be done primarily virtually to meet public health restrictions. However, the project team will also be identifying alternate ways of reaching out to ensure engagement is fully accessible.

Public engagement will be held through the design process and is expected to begin in early 2021.

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 Windsor Street Exchange redevelopment project is early in the planning process. The design process is expected to take 18 months to two years and construction is expected to take an additional two to three years. Further status updates will be provided throughout the design process.


Next Steps

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.

The project team has also prepared an RFP (request for proposal) to begin the functional design, which will develop conceptual options, conduct engagement, prepare preliminary cost estimates, evaluate options, and arrive at a recommended option for further detailed design.

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

Two types of consultation will be held for this project. The project team is inviting the Africville community to participate in consultations to identify potential community benefits that could be considered in the project scope.

Africville Community Consultation

WATCH the virtual Information Session in the sidebar of this page or on YouTube. We invite you to watch at your convenience to hear details of the Windsor Street Exchange project, the process to identify potential community benefits for the Africville community, and hear information on projects and initiatives impacting the Africville community.



ASK questions through the forum on this page. We will monitor for questions and share answers regularly.



SHARE your feedback with us! An online survey is available on this site until 5 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020. You can complete a paper copy of the survey by visiting the Halifax North Memorial Public Library. Contact the consultation team to arrange for an alternative method to provide feedback (such as by phone) by e-mailing sorokam@halifax.ca or by calling 311.


Upcoming Engagement

The project team will be inviting all residents who want to participate in the design process to join in future public engagement that will share options and receive public input on the opportunities with this transportation project. Public consultation will be done primarily virtually to meet public health restrictions. However, the project team will also be identifying alternate ways of reaching out to ensure engagement is fully accessible.

Public engagement will be held through the design process and is expected to begin in early 2021.


  • Thank you for taking part in the Africville Community Consultation. 

    Background 

    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.

    When approving the project, Regional Council directed staff to explore whether community benefits could be part of the final design of the Windsor Street Exchange and surrounding road network. Community benefits are a way to increase the social impact of a large scale municipal project. Benefits that could be included as part of infrastructure projects vary based on the project’s scope, impact, and opportunities identified through community consultation. 

    Due to the proximity of the project to the historic Africville community, consultations will be held with the Africville community to identify concerns and opportunities associated with this project.

    What is the goal of the survey? 

    As a result of previous engagement with members of the Africville community, the municipality understands that access to the Africville Museum and Park is important. The goal of the survey is to build on the feedback that has been collected and identify further opportunities for both the Windsor Street Exchange redevelopment project, and the Africville community. Some opportunities may be addressed through the Windsor Street Exchange redevelopment project, while others may require the involvement of other municipal departments or government partners. Feedback gathered during this community consultation process will be documented in a report to Regional Council, which will be made publicly available.        

    How can I provide feedback?  

    This survey is one way of the ways to provide feedback. Other ways to provide your input include: 

    • Attend one of the virtual public meetings by e-mailing sorokam@halifax.cato be added to the speakers list.
      • Public Meeting #1: November 12th, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
      • Public Meeting #2: November 13th, 12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Complete a paper copy of the survey by visiting the Halifax North Memorial Public Library.
    • Contact the consultation team to arrange for an alternative method to provide feedback (such as by phone); sorokam@halifax.ca or by calling 311.
    • Ask a question or share a comment on the online forum on this page.


    Before you begin the survey, you may wish to view the following helpful links: 


    This survey includes 18 questions and may take 20-30 minutes to complete. You can skip questions you do not wish to answer.   The survey will be open until 5 p.m. December 14, 2020.  

    Thank you for your time, and please share the link to the survey with other members of the community who may be interested in participating.  

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