Ex­ten­sion added

Sher­brooke Street opens, giv­ing eas­ier ac­cess for emer­gency ve­hi­cles

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

New road opens up dead end street.

A new road is ex­pected to help emer­gency re­sponse times in Glace Bay.

John Chant, fire chief of the Glace Bay Fire Depart­ment, said he’s pleased to see the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has opened up Sher­brooke Street - which was pre­vi­ously a dead­end street, by ex­tend­ing it through the for­mer St. Michael’s Ju­nior High School prop­erty to King Ed­ward Street.

“I’m ec­static over this one, now 35 to 40 per cent of my depart­ment has ac­cess to quicker ways to get to the fire sta­tion, there­fore our re­sponse is go­ing to in­crease that much faster,” he said.

“If I can get my vol­un­teers to the sta­tion quicker, I can get them out to those who need us that much faster.”

Chant said the is­sue be­fore was hav­ing so many fire­fight­ers liv­ing over in that di­rec­tion, try­ing to ac­cess the sta­tion through Gan­non Street onto Re­serve Street.

He said with it be­ing a high traf­fic area, it was dif­fi­cult and nearly im­pos­si­ble at times to make a left-hand turn to the fire sta­tion.

Chant said the CBRM was well aware of their con­cerns.

“It sort of died off and then all of a sud­den - sur­prise - there’s a road there. I guess the bu­reau­cratic wheel turned slow but some­thing fi­nally clicked in. It’s great!”

Dist. 9 Coun. Ge­orge Mac­Don­ald or­ga­nized and was part of meet­ings to im­prove ac­cess in this area for the fire depart­ment.

He said the depart­ment was also strug­gling with the fire truck ac­cess­ing the side streets there and hav­ing to go the long way through Main Street and back around to do so.

“It was adding time to their re­sponse time, that was their con­cern.”

Mac­Don­ald said it’s great to see this street opened up now. He doesn’t know how the res­i­dents who are used to low traf­fic feel about the change, but he hasn’t re­ceived com­plaints.

Dist. 10 Coun. Dar­rell Flynn, a for­mer school board mem­ber, said there was talk of build­ing this road years ago but be­cause there was a school there, they de­cided against it.

“Where the school was clos­ing in a cou­ple years any­way, a de­ci­sion was made to wait.”

He said it was felt if they opened up Sher­brook Street onto Re­serve Street, with King Ed­ward Street so close, there would be too much con­ges­tion.

“It was de­cided they’d go from Sher­brooke Street to King Ed­ward Street, there’d be less con­ges­tion on Re­serve Street.”

Flynn said it’s great to see this ex­ten­sion.

“Ab­so­lutely, it’s fan­tas­tic, just great. We needed that.”

The for­mer St. Michael’s Jr. High School closed in 2010 and was de­mol­ished.

The CBRM di­vided the prop­erty and put it up for ten­der.

Flynn said some pro­pos­als for the land have been made but noth­ing has been ap­proved yet.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY - DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Em­ploy­ees of Mu­nic­i­pal Ready Mix, from left to right, Mike Hayes, Syd­ney Forks, Matthew McGean, Florence, and Kevin Gale, North Syd­ney, work on paving the new ex­ten­sion added onto Sher­brooke Street, Glace Bay, which ex­tends through the for­mer St. Michael’s Jr. High School prop­erty, onto King Ed­ward Street. Glace Bay fire chief John Chant says this will make a huge dif­fer­ence with ac­cess for emer­gency ve­hi­cles.

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