Council declines to kill Bayers Road widening

Vote keeps billion-dollar spending project on track.

Halifax council Tuesday refused to kill outright the plan to widen Bayers Road, opting instead to study the issue further after the upcoming five-year review of the regional plan. The decision is a setback for opponents of the road widening.

At issue was a planning document called the “Road Network Functional Plan,” which included various road projects called for in the 2006 regional plan, including the widening of Bayers Road to six lanes west of Connaught Avenue and to four lanes between Connaught and Windsor Street. That idea is reflected in provincial plans to widen Highway 102 to up to eight lanes in places; in total, the road- and highway widening will likely cost about a billion dollars.

Councillor Jennifer Watts moved that the functional plan be passed, but that the Bayers Road component be removed; her intent, she explained later, was to force city staff to go through the five-year review of the regional plan with the understanding that Bayers Road could not be widened for cars. That would require staff to find other possible options when conducting the five-year review of the , including transit lanes. But council flipped the issue, putting the functional plan after the five-year review, and therefore keeping the widening-for-cars option in the mix.

About The Author

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Comments (4)

Add a comment

Add a Comment

Get more Halifax

Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

Recent Comments