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I just pulled in to Halifax from Ottawa. While the posted speed limit in Ontario and Quebec is 100kmh, it is 110kmh in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Hitting 130kmh and more in Ontario and Quebec was dead easy. Once we got to New Brunswick, despite the great condition of the main highway, despite the fact that it was largely empty (dream on, you who prowl highway 400), it was an absolute bugger to hit and maintain 120. Now, clearly part of that is the hilly nature of NB and NS, but that wasn't the whole story.

Finally,it hit me: the lanes are narrower. Not by a huge margin, mind you. Maybe 2ft at most. But that shaves a metre or so off the total width of the two lanes on each side of the median. My wheels are straight, but I found I had to put in a little extra effort to stay in my lane, andthat was shaving off velocity.

I mentioned to my son the civil engineer, who was in the car with me: Are these lanes narrower or what? And he replied that it is a known strategy to narrow lanes as a speed-calming measure. In some respects, the posted limit of 110 is almost a dare from the respective ministries of transport: "See if you can keep this up, sucker!".
 

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I just pulled in to Halifax from Ottawa. While the posted speed limit in Ontario and Quebec is 100kmh, it is 110kmh in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Hitting 130kmh and more in Ontario and Quebec was dead easy. Once we got to New Brunswick, despite the great condition of the main highway, despite the fact that it was largely empty (dream on, you who prowl highway 400), it was an absolute bugger to hit and maintain 120. Now, clearly part of that is the hilly nature of NB and NS, but that wasn't the whole story.

Finally,it hit me: the lanes are narrower. Not by a huge margin, mind you. Maybe 2ft at most. But that shaves a metre or so off the total width of the two lanes on each side of the median. My wheels are straight, but I found I had to put in a little extra effort to stay in my lane, andthat was shaving off velocity.

I mentioned to my son the civil engineer, who was in the car with me: Are these lanes narrower or what? And he replied that it is a known strategy to narrow lanes as a speed-calming measure. In some respects, the posted limit of 110 is almost a dare from the respective ministries of transport: "See if you can keep this up, sucker!".
Keep in mind our highways are notorious for being deeply rutted from the use of substandard surface asphalt on the 100 series highways.
 

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And NB highways are legendary for drooping at the sides over time. Which is why anyone operating a scrap-yard that specializes in right-side fenders could make a fortune. All the salt and gravel on NB highways migrates to the passenger side, with the driver side high and dry. Everything is clean clean clean on the driver side, and rusted out on the passenger side....but that's a whole other story. For now, they're both decent pleasant drives; just a tighter fit.
 

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Welcome to Halifax! If you feel the need to play mediocre guitars I'm only a few minutes away. Keep calm! haha
 

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Really? I've driven to Bridgewater NS and back 6 times and never noticed that. Lovely drive, good use of cruise control.
 

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If it wasn’t for my wife telling me to slow down I never would’ve noticed I was going 140 through NB. Lovely highways and not many ppl on them. We were driving my wife’s car which handles really well (c350 Benz) so I took full advantage of the higher speed limit and empty roads. It was tons of fun on the cape breton trail (for me, wife wasn’t nearly as amused).
 

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Funny, I have lived back in NB for over two years and have traveled the highways quite a bit, making several trips back to Ontario and never noticed, not even with my direct steering Hyundai Sonata.

The highway (secondary) between Minto and Fredericton does have the ruts though, but there are a lot of heavily loaded logging trucks traveling on them. I ride the top of the hump when it rains or you end up hydroplaning.
 
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And now I just left NB yesterday and am in Oakville tonight and looked to see if I could see a difference in the roads.......nope. Time for new glasses for me?
 

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It's not a HUGE difference, but I swear it's there. The wind was so strong yesterday, that when I was driving one of my sons out to the Stanfield Airport, I thought I was gonna get blown right off the road.
 

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It's not a HUGE difference, but I swear it's there. The wind was so strong yesterday, that when I was driving one of my sons out to the Stanfield Airport, I thought I was gonna get blown right off the road.
You'd have landed in my yard. Twas a windy one, and then a cold night. -3 last night. I'm glad I brought the plants inside.
 

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So, safe and sound back home now. And in retrospect, I have to say that I may have been wrong. Or rather attributing my perceptions to the wrong thing. There were, indeed, segments where the space between the lines and the car ahead of me was narrower at some points. But it wasn't that big a portion of the highway. I think my perception of narrower lanes was actually stemming from the narrower paved shoulders in a number of places. Some were maybe 2ft wide at best, while others were big enough to pull over on. It creates the impression that the roadway itself is narrower, because you have less viable wiggle room.

One thing that WAS disconcerting was the price of gas. It was like a Twilight Zone episode. Everywhere I went in the province, and every station, every day, it was 130.8/l. Living in a city where the gas price changes 4-5 times a day and is different from day to day, I found the stability of the price downright creepy. WHY doesn't it change??!! :eek: Are they trying to mess with me?

NB was 130.9 everywhere, where Quebec prices ranged from 135.9 in the east, to 143.9 in Montreal north. Ottawa was 121.9 at one station when we got back into town...but then lord knows how long it would stay that price. It's 7hrs later now. It could be 138.4 now for all I know.
 

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So, safe and sound back home now. And in retrospect, I have to say that I may have been wrong. Or rather attributing my perceptions to the wrong thing. There were, indeed, segments where the space between the lines and the car ahead of me was narrower at some points. But it wasn't that big a portion of the highway. I think my perception of narrower lanes was actually stemming from the narrower paved shoulders in a number of places. Some were maybe 2ft wide at best, while others were big enough to pull over on. It creates the impression that the roadway itself is narrower, because you have less viable wiggle room.

One thing that WAS disconcerting was the price of gas. It was like a Twilight Zone episode. Everywhere I went in the province, and every station, every day, it was 130.8/l. Living in a city where the gas price changes 4-5 times a day and is different from day to day, I found the stability of the price downright creepy. WHY doesn't it change??!! :eek: Are they trying to mess with me?

NB was 130.9 everywhere, where Quebec prices ranged from 135.9 in the east, to 143.9 in Montreal north. Ottawa was 121.9 at one station when we got back into town...but then lord knows how long it would stay that price. It's 7hrs later now. It could be 138.4 now for all I know.
Nova Scotia, and I believe NB as well have provincially regulated fuel price changes. They only change once a week.
 

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We need to refine our own oil and get gas back to 39.9 cents a gallon.
 

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So.....where all the PAWG’s at?
 
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