Sierra Yoyo Desan Road

The Sierra Yoyo Desan Road (SYD Road), located north and east of Fort Nelson, starts at the Fort Nelson airport and extends 180 km to its end at the South Helmet airstrip.

Implementation of the Public-Private Partnership (P3) for SYD Road

On June 17, 2004, the SYD Road public-private partnership (P3) agreement between the then Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR) and Ledcor Projects Inc. was signed. Key improvements completed in 2004 and 2005 under the P3 agreement included:

  • a new 22 km section of road to bypass the existing Clarke Lake Road 
  • a new two-lane bridge over the Fort Nelson River, which opened on Nov. 1, 2004. This bridge eliminates the need to use the BC Rail train bridge and the Clarke Lake switchbacks
  • replacement of the Snake River Bridge and Petro-Canada Bridges 1 and 2

Operation and Maintenance of the SYD Road

Since August 1, 2004, Ledcor Highway Maintenance Limited has been providing maintenance and operation obligations for the SYD Road.

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Provincial Investments in additional SYD Upgrades

Between 2009 and 2015, the Province invested in additional upgrading and strengthening of the SYD Road to ensure a safer and stronger road.

SYD Road User Committee

The SYD Road User Committee (the "Committee") was established on June 1, 2005. To participate on the Committee, a Producer company must sign the "Sierra Yoyo Desan Road Amended and Restated Joint Management Agreement".   The agreement explains the joint rights and obligations that exist between the Province and road users. Participation on the SYD Road User Committee is not mandatory.