Bridge Terminal construction finally starting by "end of month"

Quebec firm Pomerleau awarded $12.1 million contract.

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Work on Dartmouth's Bridge Terminal should begin by the "end of the month," city officials say. This is the first public acknowledgement that an important contract has been signed for the much-delayed Metro Transit bus station.

Quebec firm Pomerleau was awarded the $12.1 million contract for construction earlier this month, just after the provincial Department of Environment approved a management plan to deal with the pyritic slate on the site. The plan allows for the re-use of 10,500 cubic metres onsite for fill, but any more than that must be carted off to one of the two local disposal sites---at the nearby King's Wharf project on the Dartmouth waterfront, or at Mill Cove in Bedford.

The one last hurdle before construction can start is a building permit, which is mostly pro forma (this is a city project and the city handles the permits).

Construction this fall will consist of clearing the trees and excavation. There's no requirement that construction be done outside of school hours, but officials insist that the already construction-ravished Dartmouth High next door will not be adversely affected.

Pouring of concrete and especially asphalt will most likely have to wait until spring. Construction is expected to take about a year.

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