Saturday, July 08, 2006

NS 106

Let's go to PEI!

Start: Pictou
End: Ferry terminal

Overview:
A TCH Spur, 106 provides acces to PEI via a ferry.

Pavement:
Good. Very Good.

Signage:
Very clear and it's bilingual too!

Lighting:
Very bright and new.

Aesthetics:
The road is somewhat scenic.

Access:
Trunk 6 ties into 106 and the interchanges are at-grade. There is a rotary.

Traffic:
Heavy, expecially near the ferry.

Scores:

P:********
S:**********
L:**********
A:**********
A:**********
T:****

Score: 5.2
Grade: A++ A sure bet road.

Friday, July 07, 2006

NS 105

Oh yeah, traveling Cape Breton!

Start: Port Hawkesbury
End: North Sydney


Overview:
The last piece of the TCH on the mainland. 105 has replaced 5 the whole way.

Pavement:
It's well worn trust me.

Signage:
Its clear, what else could you want?

Lighting:
It's ok. not the best.

Aesthetics:
The views of the Bras D'Or are alright.

Access:
All the intersections are at-grade.

Traffic:
Can be heavy near Sydney.

Scores:

P:****
S:*******
L:*******
A:********
A:****
T:*******

Score: 3.7
Grade: C+

NS 104

The Trans-Canada Highway for pretty much all of its length except on Cape Breton.

Start: New Brunswick
End: River Tillard

Overview:
This is the TCH. Nova Scotia is the last mainland province before Newfoundland.

Pavement:
Wow, you could do a hell of a better job next time.

Signage:
Clear and concise.

Lighting:
Very Good. very clear.

Aesthetics:
Somewhat scenic. You could do better.

Access:
Mostly grade seperated, but there are some at grade.

Traffic:
Very heavy from 102 westward.

Scores:

P:**
S:********
L:********
A:*****
A:*****
T:**

Score: 3.2
Grade: C

NS 103

The south shore expressway.

Start: Yarmouth
End: Halifax

Overview:
103 is a 100 series highway. that is meant to replace Hwy 3.

Pavement:
The pavement is in remarkable condition, despite being heavily travelled.

Signage:
103 has BGS's, that are very new.

Lighting:
103 has ome decent lighting.

Aesthetics:
Very Scenic. Despite it's status.

Access:
Unlike the other 100 series routes, 103 has many at grade intersections.

Traffic:
Lighter towards Yarmouth. There is a gap in 103 in the town of Barrington that the Highway department is closing, by building a new one.

Scores:

P:*********
S:*********
L:*********
A:*********
A:********
T:********

Score: 5.2
Grade: A+ A sure bet road.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

NS 102

The Central Expressway.

Start: Halifax
End: Truro

Overview:
A six lane freeway going down the middle of the province.

Pavement:
Solid and in good condition.

Signage:
Clear and concise.

Lighting:
Very good.

Aesthetics:
Very scenic.

Access:
Grade seperated. Exit ramps are everywhere.

Traffic:
Bad in Halifax.

Scores:

P:********
S:*********
L:**********
A:********
A:**********
T:****

Score: 4.9
Grade: B+

NS 101

101 is the "North Shore Express Route."


Start: Yarmouth
End: Bedford

Overview:
This is what the Nova Scotians call an interstate. A Super 2, and it is dangerous. Plans are calling for twinning.

Pavement:
Nice. A little bit shaky in Bedford, but out of the city, it gets better.

Signage:
Clear and Concise. 101 uses BGS's.

Lighting:
good.

Aesthetics:
Despite being a 100 series route, this highway is very scenic.

Access:
The highway mainly has grade seperated exits, but some at-grades exist too.

Traffic:
The worst is seen near Halifax. It gets better outside of the city.

Scores:

P:*********
S:*********
L:********
A:*********
A:*********
T:*****

Score: 4.9
Grade: B+

Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail is known as Trunk CT.


Start: Buckwheat Corner
End: South Haven

Overview:
While not numbered, CT is best known for its stunning views of northern Cape Breton.

Pavement:
Beautiful.

Signage:
Very Clear. Concise.

Lighting:
Lighting is good.

Aesthetics:
Stunningly scenic.

Access:
Very Accessible.

Traffic:
Despite its beauty, Traffic can be a problem.

Scores:

P:**********
S:**********
L:**********
A:**********
A:**********
T:********

Score: 6
Grade: A++ A sure bet road!