Nova Scotia Highway 103
|Fishermen's Memorial Highway|
|Maintained by Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal|
|Length||294 km (183 mi)|
|West end||To Trunk 3 Hardscratch Road in Yarmouth|
| Trunk 8 near Liverpool|
Trunk 10 near Bridgewater
Trunk 14 near Chester
|East end||Hwy 102 in Halifax|
|Provincial highways in Nova Scotia
The highway follows a route of 294 km (183 mi) along the province's South Shore region fronting the Atlantic coast. The route parallels its predecessor, local Trunk 3. The highway varies from 2-lane controlled access to 2-lane local secondary roads on the section between Yarmouth and Hebbville. East of Hebbville to Upper Tantallon, the highway is 2-lane controlled access, with the exception of a short 4-lane divided freeway near Chester. From Upper Tantallon (Exit 5), to the interchange with Highway 102 (near Bayers Lake) in Halifax, the highway is 4-lane divided freeway.
In 2013, Highway 103 was redesignated as the Fishermen's Memorial Highway.
The highway has developed sporadically since the 1970s, with the 2-lane controlled access portion to Bridgewater being largely responsible for the abandonment of CN Rail's South Shore line, the former Halifax and Southwestern Railway. In November 2006, construction was completed that twinned 15 kilometers of highway between Exit 3 and Exit 5. In December 2006, a 8.3 kilometre bypass around Barrington was completed.
In late September 2015 a new section of highway was opened to bypass the Port Joli area. In November 2016, a new section was completed which bypassed Port Mouton. Residents complained that the single exit east of the community had lengthened the trip for people heading west from Port Mouton.
The new interchange in Ingramport (Exit 5A) opened in January 2017.
Work on twinning Highway 103 from Exit 5 (Tantallon) to Exit 5A (Ingramport) began in February, 2018. Construction is expected to be completed by Fall 2020. Twinning from Exit 5A (Ingramport) to Exit 6 (Hubbards) will start in 2020 with an expected completion date of 2023.
Names of Highway 103
- Fishermen's Memorial Highway - June 2013
- Barrington Bypass - Barrington to Oak Park, Shelburne County
- Nine Mile Road - Sable River to Jordan Falls, Shelburne County
Between 2006 and 2009, there were 29 deaths on the highway. In 2009, it was considered Nova Scotia's deadliest highway and was ranked the second most dangerous highway in Canada by the Canadian Automobile Association. In 2009 alone, ten people died in automobile accidents on the highway, according to the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Between 2008 and 2012, there were 22 fatalities on the highway.
In September 2018, local residents raised concern over the presence of a road sign on the highway, near the turnoff to Port Mouton, that had a very confusing appearance, looking like a patchwork of several other road signs. It was supposedly revealed when a hotel removed its billboard advertisement, revealing the sign below.
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- Highway 103 safety review launched in Nova Scotia CBC.ca
- "Is this road sign in Canada the world's most confusing?". BBC. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
- Province of Nova Scotia, Map, "Highway 103, Broad River to Port Joli, Phase 1, January 2014" Accessed May 30, 2017