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
Length: 294 km[1] (183 mi)
Existed: 1960's – present
Major junctions
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
Highway system

Provincial highways in Nova Scotia

Hwy 102 Hwy 104 (TCH)

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.[5]

Names of Highway 103[edit]

Safety concerns[edit]

Between 2006 and 2009, there were 29 deaths on the highway.[6] 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.[7][8] In 2009 alone, ten people died in automobile accidents on the highway, according to the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.[9] Between 2008 and 2012, there were 22 fatalities on the highway.[10]

Notable incidents[edit]

  • On May 27, 2007, six people were killed when a car collided with two motorcycles near Blockhouse. It has been considered one of the worst motor vehicle accidents in Nova Scotia's history.[11][12]
  • On June 8, 2008, three people were killed in a head-on collision near Tantallon.[13]
  • On December 14, 2008, two people were killed and four were injured in a head-on collision near Hubbards.[14]
  • On February 17, 2009, one person was killed in a head-on collision near Hubbards.[15]
  • On May 30, 2011, one person was killed in a single-motor vehicle accident near Pubnico.[16]
  • On June 21, 2011, one person was killed in a head-on collision with a tractor trailer carrying 41,000 litres of fuel.[17]
  • On September 4, 2011, one person was killed in a single-motor vehicle accident near Tantallon.[18]
  • On October 1, 2011, two people were killed and one was left in critical condition due to a head-on collision that occurred between Exits 7 and 8.[19]
  • On July 21, 2012, one person was killed in a three-car accident that occurred between Exit 5 and Exit 6.[20]
  • On November 12, 2012, one person was killed near Liverpool when his car collided head-on with a five-tonne truck.[21]
  • On December 9, 2012, a 17-year-old male was killed near Clyde River when the vehicle he was in rolled over and he was ejected. The driver suffered minor injuries.[22]
  • On June 2, 2013, a 40-year-old male was killed near Lunenburg when his car collided with an 18-wheeler.[23]
  • On July 20, 2013, two people were killed and two others critically injured when an SUV and a minivan collided head-on near Hubbards[24]
  • On November 27, 2013, one person was killed when a minivan collided head-on with an SUV near Hebbs Cross. Two other people were taken to hospital with serious injuries.[25]
  • On October 27, 2014, one person was killed when a car collided head-on with a transport truck near Oakhill.[26]
  • On December 23, 2014, one person was killed and three others were injured when two vehicles collided head-on near Tusket.[27]
  • On May 3, 2015, two people were killed when both of their vehicles collided head-on near Birchtown.[28]
  • On October 30, 2015, one person was killed when a small pickup and a 5-ton transport truck collided head-on near Ingramport.[29]
  • On December 15, 2015, one person was killed in a head-on crash involving three vehicles, between the Cookville and Blockhouse exits.[30]
  • On December 15, 2016, two people were killed in a head-on crash involving two vehicles near Birchtown.[31]
  • On February 2, 2017, two people were killed and one person was injured when an SUV collided head-on with a cube van near the recently opened Ingramport exit.[32]
  • On March 21, 2017, one person was killed when they were stuck by a car while checking on cargo in the rear of their truck.[33]

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[34]
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[disambiguation needed] 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. 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. ^ Staff (November 4, 2016). "Trouble brewing over Port Mouton highway fix". Chronicle Herald. Halifax Herald Limited. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Canada's most notorious highways CBC.ca
  7. ^ "Nova Scotia's Highway 101 to be widened". CBC News. March 6, 2009. Retrieved 2017-06-26. 
  8. ^ http://caaneo.ca/about/blog/driving/the-top-12-most-dangerous-highways-in-canada "The Top 12 Most Dangerous Highways in Canada"
  9. ^ 10 most dangerous roads in Canada MSN.ca
  10. ^ Highway 103 safety review launched in Nova Scotia CBC.ca
  11. ^ "Police identify victims in highway collision". CBC News. May 29, 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  12. ^ "Driver of car-crash that killed five last May dies of injuries". The Beach Cruiser. March 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  13. ^ 3 killed in Highway 103 head-on crash CBC.ca
  14. ^ N.S. mayor calls for twinning of Highway 103 after fatal accident
  15. ^ Collision on N.S. highway kills 1 CBC.ca
  16. ^ "Highway 103 crash kills driver". CBC News. May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  17. ^ "Woman dies after crashing into fuel truck". CBC News. July 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  18. ^ "1 dead in Hwy. 103 crash". CBC News. September 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  19. ^ "Hwy. 103 crash kills two". The Chronicle Herald. October 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  20. ^ "Woman dies in Highway 103 crash near Upper Tantallon". The Chronicle Herald. July 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  21. ^ "Fatal crash closes Hwy 103 for hours". CBC News. November 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  22. ^ "Teen dies in Highway 103 crash in Shelburne County". CBC News. December 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  23. ^ Road reopen after fatal head-on crash on Highway 103 CBC News
  24. ^ Deadly weekend on N.S. roads claims 4 lives CBC News
  25. ^ Driver killed in Highway 103 crash CBC.ca
  26. ^ Highway 103 reopens nearly 24 hours after fatal crash CBC.ca
  27. ^ Highway 103 crash kills one man CBC.ca
  28. ^ Highway 103 crash victims identified CBC.ca
  29. ^ [1] CBC.ca
  30. ^ [2] LighthouseNow.ca
  31. ^ Two dead following collision on Highway 103 in Nova Scotia Global News
  32. ^ [3] CBC.ca
  33. ^ Upper Tantallon man, 54, killed in crash on Highway 103 Localxpress.ca
  34. ^ Province of Nova Scotia, Map, "Highway 103, Broad River to Port Joli, Phase 1, January 2014" Accessed May 30, 2017

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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