A project kickoff and ground-breaking event took place in Yarmouth on May 3 to celebrate the start of a $9-million infrastructure project at the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal.
Representatives from all three levels of government shared their thoughts at the event.
Since the funding announcement in September 2018, much pre-design work has been completed.
The Town of Yarmouth has awarded the contract for the prime consultant to CBCL Limited of Halifax and work is set to get underway this spring.
“Nova Scotians and visitors from all over North America will soon be able to enjoy improved services and the beautiful new facilities of the revitalized Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal,” said Colin Fraser, member of Parliament for West Nova.
“This vital link with our southern neighbours will attract more tourists and increase economic opportunities for businesses across Nova Scotia. I‘m happy I could be here today to celebrate this important milestone.”
“The Nova Scotia-Maine ferry plays an important role in our tourism industry, particularly in southwest Nova,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill, the MLA for Yarmouth.
“The ferry has a positive impact on the region’s local tourism operators, small businesses and the provincial economy,” he added.
“This is a great day in Yarmouth,” said Mayor Pam Mood.
“With another season of welcoming visitors about to begin, I’m very happy to see this project moving ahead. It represents progress and a bright future for the town and entire region as we continue to grow our tourism industry.”
Municipality of Yarmouth Councillor Daniel Allen says the municipality continues to support major regional transportation infrastructure as part of its investment readiness work.
“The improvements to the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal, Canada’s link to the USA via The Cat ferry, are an example of that priority and a demonstration that our communities are open for business.
Argyle Deputy Warden Danny Muise says the project is an integral part of upgrading the ferry service.
“It will improve working conditions in many aspects of the terminal operations, including better traffic flow for both Bay Ferries and Canada Border Services Agency.”
CBCL Limited has begun to mobilize on detailed design, required testing and inspections. Work ranges from measurements and visual inspections to destructive testing. To not interrupt regular ferry service, CBCL will concentrate project planning during the operational season (spring and summer) with heavy construction activities taking place in the off-season (fall and winter). Major demolition and construction will begin this fall.
The scope for Phase 1 upgrades has been categorized into eight key items:
1) Pontoon replacement/refurbishing
2) Linkspan bridge replacement/refurbishing
3) Yard works to reconfigure the traffic flow
4) Lighting upgrades to meet changes in service hours and security requirements
5) Primary inspection line (PIL) booths for security processing
6) Bay Ferries Limited booths for the service provider and ticket processing
7) Demolition of the aged and unnecessary infrastructure that will be replaced
8) Building upgrades to ensure operational demands