The Sydney Port Access Road (SPAR) was announced
July 3, 2002 at a meeting held on the Sydney Steel Site as part
of the EDM Land Use Report. SPAR is a joint effort by SYSCO, Nova
Scotia Power and the CBRM with the support of JAG, Burnac Corporation
and the Nova Scotia Transportation and Public Works Department.
The SPAR travels a distance of 5.2 km from the intersection of
the 125 highway and Grand Lake Road to the former Devco Piers (with
access to the Sysco Piers as well). Dan MacDonald of CBCL Engineering
was the project manager and Riverside Developments of Sydney was
the main contractor of the project.
Slag from the Sydney Steel site was used as the main aggregate
for the SPAR. Over 160,000 tons of slag was used during the construction
The SPAR will see the removal of coal trucks off Grand Lake Road
and eventually the removal of garbage trucks off Welton Street.
In addition, access to the Pier community will be developed so that
Lingan Road will be accessible off the SPAR road.
It is important to note that SPAR will be used for coal trucks
as of January 2003, these trucks will not be new traffic at the
125 highway but rerouted traffic. In all the road has had a very
positive impact on the community.
The SPAR was officially opened at 2pm on January 14, 2005.