Other Options Considered

Halifax Barges

Assessed the use of barges to transship local containers between Halterm and Fairview Cove.

This option would result in inconsistent movement of freight with increased exposure to weather-related delays and would add substantial operating costs to port-related goods movement.  

Halifax Northwest Arm Crossing

Evaluated the diversion of local traffic to a new tunnel under the Northwest Arm, with connections to the west-side roads.

This option would take too much time, would be cost-prohibitive, would pose significant engineering challenges to achieve the necessary 8% grade and would displace a large number of residents.

McNabs Island

Assessed the option of building a new Greenfield terminal at McNabs Island.

This option would take too much time, would be cost-prohibitive, would pose significant engineering challenges to develop the required cross-harbour connections for both road and rail lines, and does not have stakeholder support. 

Raising the Harbour Bridges to expand Fairview Cove

Evaluated the reconstruction of the harbour bridges to increase the vertical clearance to accommodate ultra-class vessels.

This option would result in significant traffic disruptions in Halifax over many years and would result in a significant timeline disadvantage when compared to other more viable concepts.

Halifax East/South Byway through Rock Cut

Extensively studied the option of moving both rail cargo and trucks safely through the rock cut. This option would require expanding the width of the rock cut to 83 feet, or 25 metres. Several portions of the rock cut would require significant alteration (excavation and blasting) in predominantly residential areas. It would also require the rebuilding of 13 bridges and one rail bridge, plus the costs associated with design, construction and land acquisition (which would include expropriation) for a new highway intersection in the North End.