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.
Visit our SPAR Gallery to view pictures
of the progress of the SPAR.
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 period.
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 opened on January 14, 2005 at 2 pm. The Minister Responsible
for SYSCO, Ron Russell said: " The road will make a positive
difference in the everyday lives for both businesses and residents
of CBRM". "The government has honoured its commitment
to the residents and the municipality by constructing and now transferring
the deed for the Sydney Ports Access Road from SYSCO to the CBRM.
This road will improve CBRM's highway infrastructure and provide
a better environment for businesses to locate in the area".
Since the road's completion in 2003, it has only been used by truck
traffic traveling between Highway 125 and the Sysco and Nova Scotia
Power piers. The completion of the intersections at Lingan Road
and Highway 125 now make it possible to open the road for the general
Prior to construction, the province listened to community concerns
and suggestions for the roads alignment. The opening of the Access
Road will help with traffic flows, open up new lands for future
development and assist with the Tar Ponds Cleanup. Minister Russell
said opening the Access Road "will also be of assistance in
developing the SYSCO property into a significant industrial park
by making it easier to attract new businesses and investment".
Minister Russell said he wishes to thank both CBRM and Nova Scotia
Power for their cooperation with SYSCO in developing this important
piece of infrastructure that will provide lasting benefits to businesses,
residents and taxpayers alike".