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Ferry Terminal Upgrades Ahead of Schedule

Phase I upgrades at the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal are progressing well and ahead of schedule.

Friday, August 5th, 2020 - Yarmouth, N.S. – Phase I upgrades at the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal are progressing well and ahead of schedule. While a series of projects have been completed, work continues at the site with a planned completion for all Phase I upgrades by spring of 2021.

After several months of site investigations and design consultations, Phase I upgrades were split into 5 distinct work packages. “Work Package #1”, which was completed this spring by Graham Construction involved both construction and demolition at the site. Graham installed new roofing on the main terminal building and oversaw the demolition of the passenger gangway and stevedore building, which were no longer needed in the new configuration.

“Work package #2” involves upgrades to the main terminal building envelope. Work for this package was awarded to RCS Construction and includes new windows and doors, new vestibules, brick repairs, and siding. At this time, window removals are underway and the projected finish for this work package is expected to be completed by December.

RCS Construction will also perform infrastructure upgrades involved in “Work package #3”. At a July 22nd meeting, Town Council approved awarding the package to RCS as the lone bidder of this specific portion of work which includes the installation of foundations and underground site services for water, sewer, and electrical. Steel piles and concrete foundations will be constructed to house ticket booths for Bay Ferries and PIL Booths for CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency). Work is expected begin next month.

“Work package #4” will go to tender in early fall. This package will see the construction of a new stevedore building. The building replaces the old structure demolished in package #1, and is located close to the wharf. It will be a one story, wood frame structure with metal siding.

Finally, “Work package #5” will see the installation of new ticket and PIL Booths with accompanying canopies. This package will also go to tender in early Fall. Once work for the is package has been completed, Phase I of terminal upgrades comes to an end. All five packages are projected to be completed by Spring, in advance of the 2021 CAT sailing season.