Nova Scotia Highway 103

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Highway 103
Fishermen's Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Length294 km[1] (183 mi)
Existed1949–present
Major junctions
West endTo Trunk 3 Hardscratch Road in Yarmouth
  Trunk 8 near Liverpool
Trunk 10 near Bridgewater
Trunk 14 near Chester
East end Hwy 102 in Halifax
Highway system
Provincial highways in Nova Scotia
Hwy 102Hwy 104 (TCH)
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
Download coordinates as: KML · GPX

Highway 103 is an east-west highway in Nova Scotia that runs from Halifax to Yarmouth.

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.

History[edit]

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.[citation needed] In November 2006, construction was completed that twinned 15 kilometers of highway between Exit 3 and Exit 5.[2] In December 2006, a 8.3 kilometre bypass around Barrington was completed.[3]

In late September 2015 a new section of highway was opened to bypass the Port Joli area.[4] 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[edit]

Safety concerns[edit]

Between 2006 and 2009, there were 29 deaths on the highway.[5] 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.[6][7] In 2009 alone, ten people died in automobile accidents on the highway, according to the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.[8] Between 2008 and 2012, there were 22 fatalities on the highway.[9]

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.[10]

Exit list[edit]

County Location km Exit # Destinations Notes
Halifax Regional Municipality Halifax 0 1 Hwy 102 – Bedford, Halifax International Airport, Truro
Bayer's Lake 2 2 Trunk 3 (St. Margarets Bay Road) to Route 333 - Beechville, Lakeside, Timberlea, Peggys Cove, Halifax
Parkdale, HRM Resource Waste Management Facility 6 3 Timberlea Village Parkway to Trunk 3 - Timberlea, Lakeside
Hubley 13 4 Trunk 3 - Timberlea, Five Island Lake
Upper Tantallon 20 5 Route 213 (Hammond's Plains Road) to Routes 3 & 333 - Head of St. Margarets Bay, Hammonds Plains, Peggys Cove, Bedford
Ingramport 30 5A Trunk 3 - Black Point, Boutiliers Point
Lunenburg County Hubbards 41 6 Trunk 3 to Route 329 - Queensland, Blandford
East River 50 7 Trunk 3 to Route 329 - East Chester, Chester, Blandford
Chester 57 8 Trunk 14 to Trunk 3 - New Ross, Windsor
Chester Basin 61 9 Trunk 12 to Trunk 3 - Gold River, Western Shore, Oak Island, Kentville
Mahone Bay 75 10 Trunk 3 - Lunenburg, Martin's River
Blockhouse 79 11 Route 324 (Cornwall Road) - Mahone Bay, Lunenburg
Bridgewater 91 12 Trunk 10 (North Street) - Cookville, Lunenburg County Industrial Park, New Germany
Bridgewater, Wileville 95 13 Route 325 (Victoria Road) - Bridgewater Industrial Park, Caledonia, Kejimkujik National Park
Hebb's Cross 101 14 Trunk 3 East - Hebbville, Bridgewater
Italy Cross, Nova Scotia 108 15 Italy Cross Road - Crousetown, Petite Riviere, Broad Cove, Rissers Beach Provincial Park
Middlewood 112 16 Hirtle Road - Vogler's Cove, Camperdown
Queens Regional Municipality Mill Village 123 17 Route 331 - East Port Medway, Vogler's Cove, Cherry Hill, Broad Cove
131 17A Port Medway Road - Port Medway, East/West Berlin, Charleston
Brooklyn 135 18 Trunk 3 West - Liverpool
Liverpool 141 19 Trunk 8 (Milton Road) to Trunk 3 (Bristol Avenue) - Milton, Brooklyn, Caledonia, Kejimkujik National Park
Liverpool, Liverpool Industrial Park 147 20A Old Port Mouton Road to Trunk 3 (White Point Road) - White Point, Hunts Point
Port Mouton 159 20 Trunk 3 East - Summerville Centre, Hunts Point, White Point, Central Port Mouton Road[11]
Port Joli 167 21 St. Catherine's River Road - Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Adjunct, Eastside Port L'Hebert Road - Eastside Port l'Hebert, Thomas H. Raddall Provincial Park
Port Joli
Shelburne County Sable River 185 23 Trunk 3 West - Lockeport
Jordan Falls 199 24 Trunk 3 East & Lake John Road - Lockeport
Shelburne 204 25 Trunk 3 West - Shelburne
Shelburne 208 26 Route 203 to Trunk 3 - Ohio
Birchtown 215 27 Trunk 3 East - Birchtown
Clyde River 222 28 Route 309 - Thomasville, Cape Negro, Port La Tour, Northwest Harbour, Ingomar
Barrington 232 29 Trunk 3
237 30 Trunk 3 (Oak Park Road)
Yarmouth County The Pubnicos 259 31 Trunk 3
Argyle 271 32 Trunk 3 East - Central Argyle, Argyle Head
Glenwood 272 32A Trunk 3 West
Tusket 284 33 Route 308 to Trunk 3 - Tusket Industrial Park, Quinan
Yarmouth 294 Ends Hardscratch Road
Hwy 101

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nova Scotia Roads - Highway 101". Nova Scotia Roads Website. Archived from the original on 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  2. ^ Highway 103 Greatly Improved
  3. ^ Barrington Bypass Completed Government of Nova Scotia
  4. ^ Verge, Brittany W. (October 14, 2015). "Smoothing out Highway 103: Port Joli bypass opens to traffic". Queens County Advance. Transcontinental Media. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  5. ^ Canada's most notorious highways CBC.ca
  6. ^ "Nova Scotia's Highway 101 to be widened". CBC News. March 6, 2009. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2010-01-16. "The Top 12 Most Dangerous Highways in Canada"
  8. ^ 10 most dangerous roads in Canada MSN.ca
  9. ^ Highway 103 safety review launched in Nova Scotia CBC.ca
  10. ^ "Is this road sign in Canada the world's most confusing?". BBC. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  11. ^ Province of Nova Scotia, Map, "Highway 103, Broad River to Port Joli, Phase 1, January 2014" Accessed May 30, 2017

External links[edit]

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