Unanticipated Macdonald Bridge closures

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Unanticipated Macdonald Bridge closures

Postby ColinsGoat » Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:45 pm

For the second time this week, the Macdonald bridge has remained closed long past the time it was supposed to have been reopened (the nightly closures are part of The Big Lift repair project). Naturally, the effect on the morning commuter traffic has been chaotic.

What would be the most efficient way one could extend the closure time in these special circumstances? The response would have to be quite rapid in order to allow the Halifax Wazers not to be routed to the closed bridge?
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Re: Unanticipated Macdonald Bridge closures

Postby hmarian » Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:48 pm

Can you provide the specifics?
What day and what time it was closed and shouldn't been?

I'm personally maintaining the closure for the bridge and need that feedback to check what you are experiencing.

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Re: Unanticipated Macdonald Bridge closures

Postby ColinsGoat » Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:53 am

This morning, for example, the bridge was supposed to re-open at 5:30AM. The contractor ran into problems and the bridge remained closed until approximately 2:30PM. It will be open all of this weekend, though, through Tuesday. Last Monday, there was also a delay in opening.

These were last minute changes of plan, and a lot of commuters were caught off guard both mornings. The city was a mess. According to the CBC, the bridge commission has since said
the contractor, American Bridge Company, will not be permitted to close the bridge again until it can ensure there will be no delayed openings.


Things are in flux at the moment, and this bridge is a major artery in Halifax, so this situation warrants close attention IMHO.

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Re: Unanticipated Macdonald Bridge closures

Postby hmarian » Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:52 pm

I follow the posted information on Bridge Commission website here - https://www.hdbc.ca/updatesclosure-times and apply those changes to the segments.
As you can see I didn't set any closures for this weekend.

The issue the other day with the Project Contractor was likely something that not planned and got outside of the planned schedule, therefore the only way to address this could have been by users reporting the closure form their app - https://support.google.com/waze/answer/ ... -658048314.

In an ideal world the Bridge Authority could report this to us and we can apply this immediately for such changes, but until they come on board with that I think it is better to be reported by the users.

I can assure you that the regular schedule posted on the link I sent yo is updated by me personally on a regular basis.

I hoe this is helpful.

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Re: Unanticipated Macdonald Bridge closures

Postby ColinsGoat » Sat Oct 24, 2015 6:09 pm

It is indeed helpful, thanks! I'm glad you're keeping an eye on things. This bridge issue has the potential to be a long-term headache. I'll also try to send a closure update using the app if I learn of something early in the morning.
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Re: Unanticipated Macdonald Bridge closures

Postby hmarian » Sat Oct 24, 2015 6:56 pm

I'm glad I could help.

Closure updates through the App are important but will only kick in when other users report the same thing, so it is depending on how many users in the area using Waze and doing that, so I know we don't have too many in the Halifax area.

If it is helpful you can always try to post a message here on this thread and me or someone else will be notified and could address it.
The response time is critical and unfortunately can not be guaranteed.

If you do send an urgent request please include a reference to a post on Twitter or something like that from the bridge authority, so we could confirm that.

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Re: Unanticipated Macdonald Bridge closures

Postby ColinsGoat » Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:54 pm

Note:

The bridge will remain open tomorrow (Nov 11) night.

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Re: Unanticipated Macdonald Bridge closures

Postby hmarian » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:08 pm

Thanks @ColinsGoat.
I have just updated the closure according to your reference.

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Re: Unanticipated Macdonald Bridge closures

Postby ColinsGoat » Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:16 am

More changes to the usual closure schedule this weekend:
  • Fri Nov 20 Opening at 530 am/Closing at 7 pm
  • Sat Nov 21 Opening at 530 am
  • Sun Nov 22 Closing at 7 pm
  • Mon Nov 23 Opening at 530 am/Closing at 7 pm
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Re: Unanticipated Macdonald Bridge closures

Postby hmarian » Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:38 pm

I saw that a bot too late so only now I removed the closure.
Thanks for the update. I appreciate the info.

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