居民们说,他们对Cogswell地区重建项目感到兴奋,因为它为居民和游客创造了一个更加愉快的环境。

4月11日举行了公众参与会议,讨论概念计划,现在已经完成了60%的设计阶段。

该项目将看到位于哈利法克斯市中心立交桥系统的Cogswell交汇处被拆除。这个交汇处是作为一个永远不会实现的计划的一部分而建立的,它通过市中心运行高速公路。

重建计划包括住宅开发,沿Barrington,Upper Water和Cogswell街道的受保护的双向自行车道以及多用途道路。该市政府表示,该项目将建立从哈利法克斯北端通往市中心的门户。

“这不仅对那些在这里住过一辈子的人有益,而且对那些以前从未来过这里的人来说也很有好处,并且会发现哈利法克斯是一座自成一体的城市。”Louis Lemoine说到,他住在附近的Cogswell Interchange并拥有建筑背景。

“终于,哈利法克斯进入21世纪!”

该项目还包括环岛,以减缓进入市区的交通。

Cogswell地区的一名居民Ruth Boorman来自英国伦敦,表示她喜欢住在一个充满活力的城市。

“我认为这是一个真正的美化工程,这个城市需要解决交通和交通问题,减少到市中心的汽车”Boorman说。

Cogswell交汇处的拆除工作将于2019年初开始,预计需要三年半时间才能完成。

项目经理John Spinelli说,整个施工期间不会有交通改道。 他说,南北两条车道将维持。 Cogswell Street也将作为东西连接桥梁。

‘Finally, Halifax is coming into the 21st century:’ Municipality holding public meetings on Cogswell redevelopment project

Residents say they’re thrilled about the Cogswell District Redevelopment Project because it creates a more pleasant environment for residents and tourists.

A public engagement session was held on Wednesday to discuss the concept plan, now at the 60 per cent complete phase of design.

The project will see the Cogswell Interchange, the system of overpasses in downtown Halifax, torn down. The interchange was built as part of a plan that never came to fruition, to run a highway through the downtown.

The redevelopment plan includes residential development, protected bi-directional bikeways along Barrington, Upper Water, and Cogswell streets, and a multi-use trail. The municipality said the project will create a gateway to downtown from the north end of Halifax.

“This is not only good for people who have lived here their whole lives, but it’s good for people who have never been here before and will discover that Halifax is a city that’s coming into its own,” said Louis Lemoine, who lives near the Cogswell Interchange and has a background in architecture.

“Finally, Halifax is coming into the 21st century.”

The project also includes roundabouts to slow traffic entering downtown.

Ruth Boorman, a Cogswell district resident, is from London, England, and said that she likes to live in a vibrant city.

“I think this is a real beautification project. I think the city needs to address the traffic and transportation, cut the cars coming downtown,” said Boorman.

The demolition of the Cogswell Interchange will begin early in 2019 and is expected to take three and a half years to complete.

Project manager, John Spinelli, said that there will be no traffic diversions throughout the construction period. He said that two lanes north and two lanes south will be maintained. Cogswell Street will also be maintained as an east-west connector.