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: 1970s – 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 was redesignated as 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. In November 2006, construction was completed that twinned 15 kilometers of highway between Exit 3 and Exit 5.[2]

Names of Highway 103[edit]

Safety concerns[edit]

Between 2006 and 2009, there were 29 deaths on the highway.[3] 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.[4][5] In 2009 alone, ten people died in automobile accidents on the highway, according to the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.[6] Between 2008 and 2012, there were 22 fatalities on the highway.[7]

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.[8][9]
  • On June 8, 2008, three people were killed in a head-on collision near Tantallon.[10]
  • On December 14, 2008, two people were killed and four were injured in a head-on collision near Hubbards.[11]
  • On February 17, 2009, one person was killed in a head-on collision near Hubbards.[12]
  • On May 30, 2011, one person was killed in a single-motor vehicle accident near Pubnico[disambiguation needed].[13]
  • On June 21, 2011, one person was killed in a head-on collision with a tractor trailer carrying 41,000 litres of fuel.[14]
  • On September 4, 2011, one person was killed in a single-motor vehicle accident near Tantallon.[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • On July 21, 2012, one person was killed in a three-car accident that occurred between Exit 5 and Exit 6.[17]
  • On November 12, 2012, one person was killed near Liverpool when his car collided head-on with a five-tonne truck.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • On June 2, 2013, a 40-year old male was killed near Lunenburg when his car collided with an 18-wheeler.[20]
  • On July 20, 2013, two people were killed and two others critically injured when an SUV and a minivan collided head-on near Hubbards[21]
  • 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.[22]
  • On October 27, 2014, one person was killed when a car collided head-on with a transport truck near Oakhill.[23]
  • On December 23, 2014, one person was killed and three others were injured when two vehicles collided head-on near Tusket.[24]
  • On May 3, 2015, two people were killed when both of their vehicles collided head-on near Birchtown.[25]

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
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 63 8 Trunk 14 to Trunk 3 - New Ross, Windsor
Chester Basin 68 9 Trunk 12 to Trunk 3 - Gold River, Western Shore, Oak Island, Kentville
Mahone Bay 81 10 Trunk 3 - Lunenburg, Martin's River
Blockhouse 99 11 Route 324 (Cornwall Road) - Mahone Bay, Lunenburg
Bridgewater 12 Trunk 10 (North Street) - Cookville, Lunenburg County Industrial Park, New Germany
Bridgewater, Wileville 13 Route 325 (Victoria Road) - Bridgewater Industrial Park, Caledonia, Kejimkujik National Park
Hebb's Cross 108 14 Trunk 3 East - Hebbville, Bridgewater
Italy Cross, Nova Scotia 114 15 Italy Cross Road - Crousetown, Petite Riviere, Broad Cove, Rissers Beach Provincial Park
Middlewood 119 16 Hirtle Road - Vogler's Cove, Camperdown
Queens Regional Municipality Mill Village 129 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
Summerville Centre 157 20 Trunk 3 East - Hunts Point, White Point
Port Mouton 161 21 Central Port Mouton Road
Port Joli 169 St. Catherine's River Road - Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Adjunct
170 Eastside Port L'Hebert Road - Eastside Port l'Hebert, Thomas H. Raddall Provincial Park
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 29 Trunk 3
30 Trunk 3
Yarmouth County East/West Pubnico 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. ^ Canada's most notorious highways CBC.ca
  4. ^ "Nova Scotia's Highway 101 to be widened". CBC News. March 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  5. ^ http://caaneo.ca/about/blog/driving/the-top-12-most-dangerous-highways-in-canada "The Top 12 Most Dangerous Highways in Canada"
  6. ^ 10 most dangerous roads in Canada MSN.ca
  7. ^ Highway 103 safety review launched in Nova Scotia CBC.ca
  8. ^ "Police identify victims in highway collision". CBC News. May 29, 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  9. ^ "Driver of car-crash that killed five last May dies of injuries". The Beach Cruiser. March 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  10. ^ 3 killed in Highway 103 head-on crash CBC.ca
  11. ^ N.S. mayor calls for twinning of Highway 103 after fatal accident
  12. ^ Collision on N.S. highway kills 1 CBC.ca
  13. ^ "Highway 103 crash kills driver". CBC News. May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  14. ^ "Woman dies after crashing into fuel truck". CBC News. July 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  15. ^ "1 dead in Hwy. 103 crash". CBC News. September 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  16. ^ "Hwy. 103 crash kills two". The Chronicle Herald. October 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  17. ^ "Woman dies in Highway 103 crash near Upper Tantallon". The Chronicle Herald. July 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  18. ^ "Fatal crash closes Hwy 103 for hours". CBC News. November 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  19. ^ "Teen dies in Highway 103 crash in Shelburne County". CBC News. December 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  20. ^ Road reopen after fatal head-on crash on Highway 103 CBC News
  21. ^ Deadly weekend on N.S. roads claims 4 lives CBC News
  22. ^ Driver killed in Highway 103 crash CBC.ca
  23. ^ Highway 103 reopens nearly 24 hours after fatal crash CBC.ca
  24. ^ Highway 103 crash kills one man CBC.ca
  25. ^ Highway 103 crash victims identified CBC.ca

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing