Nova Scotia Highway 103
|Fishermen's Memorial Highway|
|Maintained by Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal|
|Length:||294 km (183 mi)|
|Existed:||1960's – present|
|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|
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.
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.
- 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.
- On June 8, 2008, three people were killed in a head-on collision near Tantallon.
- On December 14, 2008, two people were killed and four were injured in a head-on collision near Hubbards.
- On February 17, 2009, one person was killed in a head-on collision near Hubbards.
- On May 30, 2011, one person was killed in a single-motor vehicle accident near Pubnico.
- On June 21, 2011, one person was killed in a head-on collision with a tractor trailer carrying 41,000 litres of fuel.
- On September 4, 2011, one person was killed in a single-motor vehicle accident near Tantallon.
- 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.
- On July 21, 2012, one person was killed in a three-car accident that occurred between Exit 5 and Exit 6.
- On November 12, 2012, one person was killed near Liverpool when his car collided head-on with a five-tonne truck.
- 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.
- On June 2, 2013, a 40-year-old male was killed near Lunenburg when his car collided with an 18-wheeler.
- On July 20, 2013, two people were killed and two others critically injured when an SUV and a minivan collided head-on near Hubbards
- 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.
- On October 27, 2014, one person was killed when a car collided head-on with a transport truck near Oakhill.
- On December 23, 2014, one person was killed and three others were injured when two vehicles collided head-on near Tusket.
- On May 3, 2015, two people were killed when both of their vehicles collided head-on near Birchtown.
- On October 30, 2015, one person was killed when a small pickup and a 5-ton transport truck collided head-on near Ingramport.
- On December 15, 2015, one person was killed in a head-on crash involving three vehicles, between the Cookville and Blockhouse exits.
- On December 15, 2016, two people were killed in a head-on crash involving two vehicles near Birchtown.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Nova Scotia Roads - Highway 101". Nova Scotia Roads Website. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
- Highway 103 Greatly Improved
- Barrington Bypass Completed Government of Nova Scotia
- 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.
- Staff (November 4, 2016). "Trouble brewing over Port Mouton highway fix". Chronicle Herald. Halifax Herald Limited. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
- Canada's most notorious highways CBC.ca
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- http://caaneo.ca/about/blog/driving/the-top-12-most-dangerous-highways-in-canada "The Top 12 Most Dangerous Highways in Canada"
- 10 most dangerous roads in Canada MSN.ca
- Highway 103 safety review launched in Nova Scotia CBC.ca
- "Police identify victims in highway collision". CBC News. May 29, 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
- "Driver of car-crash that killed five last May dies of injuries". The Beach Cruiser. March 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
- 3 killed in Highway 103 head-on crash CBC.ca
- N.S. mayor calls for twinning of Highway 103 after fatal accident
- Collision on N.S. highway kills 1 CBC.ca
- "Highway 103 crash kills driver". CBC News. May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
- "Woman dies after crashing into fuel truck". CBC News. July 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
- "1 dead in Hwy. 103 crash". CBC News. September 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
- "Hwy. 103 crash kills two". The Chronicle Herald. October 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
- "Woman dies in Highway 103 crash near Upper Tantallon". The Chronicle Herald. July 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Fatal crash closes Hwy 103 for hours". CBC News. November 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Teen dies in Highway 103 crash in Shelburne County". CBC News. December 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- Road reopen after fatal head-on crash on Highway 103 CBC News
- Deadly weekend on N.S. roads claims 4 lives CBC News
- Driver killed in Highway 103 crash CBC.ca
- Highway 103 reopens nearly 24 hours after fatal crash CBC.ca
- Highway 103 crash kills one man CBC.ca
- Highway 103 crash victims identified CBC.ca
-  CBC.ca
-  LighthouseNow.ca
- Two dead following collision on Highway 103 in Nova Scotia Global News
-  CBC.ca
- Upper Tantallon man, 54, killed in crash on Highway 103 Localxpress.ca
- Province of Nova Scotia, Map, "Highway 103, Broad River to Port Joli, Phase 1, January 2014" Accessed May 30, 2017
Route map: Google