CBRM is accessed from the Trans Canada Highway via
Highway 105 from the Canso Causeway. An alternative route is also
available via Route 4, however the route 4 section of this highway
is in poor condition, and is not appropriate for transport trucks.
Within the CBRM, Highway 125 is a circumferential highway, connecting
the former city of North Sydney to Sydney. The majority of this
highway is four lane divided, however some sections are still undivided
two lane roads. The former towns of New Waterford and Glace Bay
are not connected to Highway 125. Ac-cess into the downtown core
of Sydney is available from Highway 125 via exits at Kings Road,
George Street, and Grand Lake Road/Welton Street. The traffic volume
for each of these collectors is illustrated on Figure
The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Public Works (NSTPW)
have examined three large highway projects that could affect access
to CBRM: the pro-posed extension of Highway 104 from Sydney to St.
Peter’s south of the Bras d’Or Lakes; the proposed Fleur
de Lis Trail between Louisburg and Gabarus; and, the twinning of
two lane sections of Highway 125 within CBRM. These proposals are
shown on Figure
2.2. According to discussions with the Nova Scotia Department
of Transportation and Public Work’s, their current priority
within the region is the twinning the remaining two lane segments
of Highway 125.
The possible extension of Highway 125 north to the Lingan Road
has been discussed for many years, and has been documented as a
key action item in the CBCEDA economic growth strategy for CBRM.
The proposed extension would be a two-lane controlled access section
approximately 4 kilometres in length, with the ability to be upgraded
to four lanes at a later date.
There are two options that have been considered for the Welton
Street/Highway 125 intersection. One option is a divided highway,
complete with grade-separated interchanges and cross-section sufficient
for a 100 km/hr design speed. The second option would be an undivided
highway, with at-grade, signalized intersections and a cross-section
sufficient for approximately 80 km/hr. Given Lingan’s population
and relatively low probability of large growth in the New Waterford
and Glace Bay areas, the second option is more likely in the longer
term. This extension is currently a very low priority for NSTPW.
With the re-development of the former SYSCO property, the impacts
of increased vehicular traffic on the existing road network required
examination. Currently the main entrance to the property is from
Prince Street via Inglis. Unless a new access road is built, any
new traffic generated by the re-development of the SYSCO site will
enter and egress from Prince Street. Prince Street becomes Welton
Street, which then becomes Grand Lake Road and intersects Highway
125, the main access road into and out of Sydney.
Welton Street recently received up-grades to its cross-section
between Maple and the old City limits, increasing the width to 60’
curb to curb to allow for the addition of a centre turn lane. While
the remaining portion of Welton Street to Highway 125 is 4 lanes
wide, there is room to expand the cross section to include a centre
turning lane, although the land would need be purchased from adjacent
Alternate access routes to the SYSCO site were considered as part
of this study, including a road over the Coke Ovens property, joining
the MAID access road which enters and egresses from Welton Street,
and a road over the Coke Ovens site which runs parallel to the DEVCO
rail line to Highway 125. These potential access routes are shown
An analysis of the current road configuration, including: number
of lanes; their current widths; the current placement of signalized
intersections; and, the phasing of these intersections, indicates
that the road network of Prince/Welton to High-way 125 is capable
of supporting the increasing traffic associated with the re-development
of the SYSCO property, as well as the naturally occurring growth
in traffic at a good level of service until 2011 to 2016. (See Appendix
The analysis also identified several issues in the local traffic
pattern that need to be addressed. Whitney Pier has only one connection
(Victoria Road) to the rest of Sydney. A second access to Whitney
Pier is a benefit to CBRM in reducing emergency vehicle access costs.
In addition there are no cross town connections across Welton/Prince
Street with the exception of Victoria Road. A second cross town
connection would provide significant relief of the congestion at
Ashby Corner (intersection of Victoria Road and Prince Street).