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Scotiabank ice replacement, Bayers Road bus lanes coming to council

Staff are recommending council award contract for ice replacement at Scotibank Centre at a cost of $1.3 million
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Halifax City Hall (Meghan Groff/

HALIFAX - City staff is recommending councillors award a tender for work to replace the ice slab at Scotiabank Centre during their upcoming council meeting. 

If approved during Tuesday’s meeting, EllisDon would be awarded the contract at a cost of $1,309,645.

The company was the lowest bidder for the work, while Bird Construction had the second lowest bid at $1,322,800 and Lindsay Construction had the highest at $2,000,000.

The tender for the work was open from Jan. 5. to Feb. 1. 

The work is expected to be completed between July and October. 

The staff report notes work will include the removal of the 40-year-old ice slab and replacement of bedding materials, insulation, piping and dasher boards.

The project is expected to start sometime following the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo on the Canada Day long weekend and be ready for ice making Oct. 8. 

This will require the project to “undergo an aggressive timeline,” according to the staff report, but it’s been intentionally planned during a slow event period. 

Scotiabank Centre is also working with the Halifax Mooseheads to adjust their schedule for the start of next season. 

The rink is undergoing a multi-year facelift that’s so far seen its seats replaced, concourse upgrades, a new roof, upgraded washrooms, a new basketball floor and an LED lighting update.

Ice level washroom upgrades and more exterior repairs are planned for the future. 

Design for Bayers Road bus lanes

Council will also debate a recommendation from the Transportation Standing Committee to move ahead with the design of two dedicated bus lanes on Bayers Road. 

If approved without changes, the design for the bus lanes between Romans Avenue and Windsor Street would include the reconfiguration of the Halifax Shopping Centre intersection.

The proposal includes the municipality buying land along the corridor to widen roads and sidewalks. 

If approved by councillors, the project would go to design phase and then back for public consultation. 

Construction could being as early as 2020 and the cost is pegged at $4.8 million, not including any amount used to buy property. 


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