The West Side Road includes the roadway that extends
from the No. 3 Gate, past the Ferry Street entrance and the Scrap
Yard, along the west side of the EAF building, to the entrance to
the SYSCO docks. The roadway is paved for most of its length, with
the northernmost 150 metres having a gravel surface.
No structures currently lie within this area, although its route
transects the former location of the Old Yard Office, and a large
building that was located approximately 100 metres north of the
present day Administration Building. All required environmental
decommissioning actions were undertaken prior to the demolition
of the Old Yard Office in 2001. The nature of the “Mystery
Building” is not known, and therefore specific environmental
concerns cannot be defined. The building appears to have had a short
life during the 1930s.
Several railway tracks cross and parallel this area,some of which
have been abandoned and covered with slag. Environmental issues
of concern associated with the rail tracks will include creosote
rail ties and potential contaminated soil under and adjacent to
the tracks. In the past, used oil was often used for dust suppression
on roadways on the steel plant property.
Several small and large diameter sewers, some dating to the original
steel plant, traverse the road at various locations along its length.
Over the years, it is suspected that a variety of chemicals and
petroleum products may have been disposed through the steel plant
sewer system. These include the Rolling Mills process sewer that
conveyed wastewater to the Cooling Pond, another sewer from the
Mills Area that discharges to Muggah Creek immediately south of
Ferry Street, and the process sewer from the EAF and No.2 Open Hearth
buildings that discharges at the head of Blast Furnace Cove. The
potential exists for soil and groundwater impacts at locations where
these sewer lines may have leaked or deteriorated.
|In addition, the West
Side Road skirts several current or former building locations
that are of concern from an environmental point of view. These
include the former Mobile Department shop, the former Gas Producers
for the No. 1 and No. 2 Open Hearths, and the High Dump Tank
Farm and associated pump house. The distribution piping for
the tank farm passes beneath the West Side Road at three locations.