28 May 2008

HRM Residents are Divided on a Third Harbour Crossing

HALIFAX: There is neither strong support nor strong opposition to a third harbour crossing in the HRM, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates, Inc.  Overall, under one-half of residents support a third harbour crossing, while a similar number oppose a new bridge or tunnel. Regionally, support is highest in Halifax and Dartmouth, and lowest in rural areas within the Halifax Regional Municipality.

These results are part of the CRA Halifax Urban Report, an independent survey of Halifax Regional Municipality residents. The results are based on a sample of 401 adult residents, conducted from May 2 to May 12, 2008, with results accurate to within +4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 722-3100.

Recently, there has been discussion about constructing a third HalifaxHarbour crossing, in the form of a new bridge or tunnel.  Some people support constructing a third crossing, saying this new crossing would help ease traffic congestion.  Others oppose constructing such a crossing, saying the cost of over one billion dollars is unwarranted.  All things considered, do you completely support, mostly support, mostly oppose, or completely oppose a third HalifaxHarbour crossing?
OverallHalifax Dartmouth Bedford / SackvilleOther HRM
Completely support15%14%20%15%13%
Mostly support31%36%31%32%20%
Mostly oppose24%23%16%24%32%
Completely oppose24%23%23%23%26%
Don’t know/no answer6%4%8%5%9%

Amanda Bates