Today, mainly cloudy, a few showers beginning this AM, wind & the temperature will fall to 13 this PM.
Tonight, showers & 7.
Tmrw., rain, wind & 7.
Fri., rain & 18.
Environment Canada says a special weather statement is in effect for Halifax Metro and Halifax County West because of significant rainfall possible late this week. Hurricane Michael is expected to weaken to a tropical storm after making landfall in Florida later today. Michael will transition to a post-tropical storm as it tracks south of Nova Scotia on Friday.
Police are investigating a suspicious vehicle fire on Hammonds Plains Rd in Bedford.
Halifax Regional Police say around 9:40 last night, it responded to it in the 100 block.
Police say the unoccupied vehicle was fully engulfed once officers arrived and Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency responders quickly extinguished it.
Police say witnesses saw a white man in his early twenties running from the scene into a pathway towards Bedford Hills Drive.
The suspect is further described as approximately 5 feet 7 inches in height, having a medium build, with short hair, wearing a black jacket, white shirt, black pants and sneakers.
The Dartmouth Sportsplex isn’t expected to open until the new year.
The city says the work schedule’s been impacted by several issues including this summer’s high humidity.
The city says humidity caused a delay in installing the gyms hardwood floors, studios, and courts because there was concern laying the floors during that period could cause eventual warping and further expenses and delays in the future.
It says the majority of work will be done by the end of the year, January will be devoted to final details and recreational programming will get underway in February.
The makeover began in May 2017 and the $28-million project budget is still on target
There will be a new double gymnasium, health and fitness facility, and swimming pool features are being installed, including a new waterslide.
The arena opened last month for hockey and ice rentals and the track is now open.
The city says the arena will be open for the annual Dartmouth Handcrafters Show at the end of this month.
When fully operational the facility will also have climbing walls, children’s splash pad area, and additional accessibility features including a new fitness centre with three new fitness studios, and new community spaces.
Today, Mayor Mike Savage and General Manager of the Dartmouth 4-Pad Arena Bill Cruickshank will announce the new naming rights partner for the facility.
The partnership will also provide a commitment to programming that will enhance the community’s involvement and participation at the Dartmouth 4-Pad on COmmodore Drive between Burnside and Dartmouth Crossing.
The announcement is from 2 – 3 today and there will be a short skating session after.
It opened in September 2017, and hosts minor hockey, varsity sport, senior leagues, and multiple programs from all over the municipality.
Today construction is starting for the Gottingen Street northbound transit priority bus lane and streetscaping enhancements.
It’s happening between Cogswell and North and will take about eight weeks to finish.
So, starting today, there’s no parking day or night on the northbound side of Gottingen and permanent no-parking signs will be installed.
Crews will be working Monday through Saturday from 7AM-6PM.
Two lane traffic and pedestrian access will be maintained and local businesses will stay open.
Once completed, the lane will run from Cogswell to North weekdays from 7-9AM and 3-6PM.
The project was approved by Regional Council August 14th and funded in part by the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the provincial government.
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Tomorrow, the city is piloting the implementation of Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) at six signalized intersections throughout the city.
The pilot locations include:
- Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road
- Spring Garden Road and South Park Street
- Oxford Street and Coburg Road
- Windsor Street and Almon Street
- Mumford Road and Halifax Shopping Centre
- Alderney Drive and Ochterloney Street
An LPI is a timing option for pedestrian signals that turns the “walk” signal on before the adjacent vehicle signal, so pedestrians can get a “head start”.
The city says this will give pedestrians an advantage over turning vehicles at intersections and can help improve driver yielding behaviour as pedestrians are able to establish their presence within the crosswalk.
HRM says this pilot will help guide the potential for expanding the use of LPI’s at other locations.