Nova Scotia Highway 125

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Highway 125
Route information
Maintained by Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Length: 28 km[citation needed] (17 mi)
Existed: 1970 – present
Major junctions
West end: Hwy 105 (TCH), Route 305 near Sydney Mines46°14′12″N 60°15′47.9″W / 46.23667°N 60.263306°W / 46.23667; -60.263306 (Highway 125 North Terminus)
East end: Trunk 4 in Sydney46°8′49.6″N 60°8′38.8″W / 46.147111°N 60.144111°W / 46.147111; -60.144111 (Highway 125 South Terminus)
Highway system

Provincial highways in Nova Scotia

Hwy 118 Hwy 142

Highway 125 is a 28 km long controlled-access highway located in Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The provincial government named it Peacekeepers Way on August 18, 2008.[1]

Part of the provincial 100-series arterial highway network, Highway 125 encircles the west side of Sydney Harbour, from an interchange with Highway 105 (the Trans-Canada Highway) at Sydney Mines to Trunk 4 (Grand Lake Road) immediately east of Sydney.

Route description[edit]

The northern third of the highway was upgraded during the late 1990s and early 2000s from a two-lane freeway to a twinned 4-lane freeway. Particularly problematic was the fact that the highway passes in proximity to Pottle Lake, the water supply reservoir for North Sydney, which required installation of pollution control monitoring and containment systems.

Approximately 6 km of the highway near its midpoint is currently slated for similar upgrading. As well, the province is completing the planning and design for the twinning of the remaining two-lane section of the highway, between Exit 6 (with Trunk 4/Kings' Rd) and Exit 9 (also with Trunk 4/Grand Lake Rd).

In 2002 a connector road was built from the Grand Lake Road interchange which gives access to the port of Sydney at the former Sydney Steel Corporation property which is now an industrial park.

In the fall of 2006, an additional interchange was opened at Coxheath Road, offering direct access to the communities of Coxheath, Blacketts Lake, and the Cantley Village subdivision.

In January 2008, a public meeting was held to discuss the required infrastructure to finally twin Highway 125 from its six lane divided portion in Sydney River to its eastern terminus at Grand Lake Road. The design work and implementation will require the construction of a roundabout at the George Street exit (in addition to the roundabout at the Alexandra Street exit that was completed in December 2009), as well as over-pass structures for George Street, and Cow Bay Road/Upper Prince Street.[2] The Cow Bay Road/Upper Prince Street overpass has now been cancelled, and a round-a-about is being proposed for Exit 9. At-grade intersections will be eliminated, and access roads will be constructed for a DND small arms range between Exits 8 (George Street) and Exit 9 (Grand Lake Road/SPAR), as well as the fresh water reservoir. The project is expected to be completed in 2012.

On December 4, 2010, twinning was completed from Exit 4 near Balls Creek to Exit 5A near Coxheath.[3]

History[edit]

The highway was built in the late 1950s - early 1960s and extended from North Sydney to Point Edward but branched off in Point Edward and continued along Nova Scotia Route 305 then Trunk 5 until Sydney River. When Highway 125 bypassed the Trunk 5 sections of 125 in the late 1960s - early 1970s it became a controlled access highway for a lot of the highway. In 1970 the highway extended to Grand Lake Road bypassing Sydney to Nova Scotia Trunk 4. In the 1990s the highway became twinned from Balls Creek - Upper North Sydney and from the late 1990s- early 2000s it was twinned around North Sydney and waterlines were placed around Pottle Lake. In 2010 the highway was twinned from Point Edward to Sydney River. Currently, the Province of Nova Scotia is working on dividing the highway between Sydney River and Grand Lake Road.

Kilometres East To West[edit]

0 to 2.7 km

  • This section was built in the early 1960s as an uncontrolled access highway
  • At Exit 2 Johnston Road; King Street there was an intersection until the early 2000s when it was twinned to a 4 lane freeway
  • The average speed is 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph)

2.7 km to 9 km

  • This section was built in the early 1960s as a Super 2 controlled access highway
  • This section was twinned to a 4 lane freeway between the early 1990s until the early 2000s
  • The average speed is 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph)

9 km to 11.6 km

  • This section was built in the late 1950s as a Super 2 uncontrolled access highway
  • Three intersections were inserted before Exit 3 and 4 were built
  • This section was twinned to a 4 lane freeway in the early 1990s
  • The average speed is 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph)

11.6 km to 19.2 km

  • This section was built in the late 1960s as a Super 2 controlled Access Highway with the exception of an intersection
  • A new interchange at Exit 5A was put in 2006 for connections to Coxheath Road, Blacketts Lake
  • This section was twinned in 2010
  • The average speed is 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph)

19.2 to 28.0 km

  • This section was built in the late 1960s as a Super 2 controlled access highway
  • It is currently being twinned
  • It is the busiest section of this highway
  • The average speed is 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) with the exception of Cow Bay Road and the end of the highway where it is at 80 kilometres per hour (49 mph)

Interchanges from south to north[edit]

Exit number* Intersecting Roads Direction Wikimapia view
1 Highway 105, Route 305 (Main Street) Northbound [1]
2 Johnston Road; King Street Northbound, Southbound [2]
3 Route 223 (Bras d'Or Lakes Scenic Drive), Route 305 (Seaview Drive) Northbound, Southbound [3]
4 Route 239 (Point Edward Connector) Northbound, Southbound [4]
5 Sydport Access Road Northbound, Southbound [5]
5A Coxheath Road Northbound, Southbound [6]
6 NShw 4.png Trunk 4 (Kings Road) Northbound, Southbound [7]
7 Route 327 (Alexandra Street, Gabrius Highway) Northbound, Southbound [8]
7A Membertou Northbound Southbound
8 NShw 22.png Trunk 22 (George Street, Louisbourg Highway (Marconi Trail)) Northbound, Southbound [9]
9 NShw 4.png Trunk 4 (Grand Lake Road) Southbound [10]
  • *Exit numbers in Nova Scotia are sequential

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing