Next phase of Halifax crane removal to begin Sunday

A crane collapsed in downtown Halifax before Dorian made landfall on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 (CTV Atlantic photo)

The provincial government says the removal of the crane that collapsed during Hurricane Dorian is scheduled to begin on Sunday.

Residents in 11 additional units at the Trillium condo building have been asked to vacate by 6 a.m. that day to allow for the next phase of the project to begin.

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines says, "We know this has been an extremely difficult time for those who have had their lives and business disrupted by this incident."

The work area remains under a localized state of emergency to allow for the safe removal of the crane.

Crews have been securing the crane over the last two weeks to prevent any movement during removal, with 26 anchor points in place using cable, chains, and structural steel.