New Brunswick Roads - NB 102/old TCH 2

NB 102, former TCH 2

Photos progress westward, and are NB unless I say so. "But you already said 'NB 102!'" I know. This "NB" means "northbound," not "New Brunswick." This would have been much easier if NB 102 were an east-west highway like its parent TCH 2 (in fact, 102 is old 2, all the way down to Saint John even though it represents a huge dip out of the way, because the original route was defined to hit every major city). "But then it would be 'WB' instead of 'NB!'" Forget it, have a cookie.

The Burton Bridge in Oromocto, leading to Maugerville.

Entering Oromocto, where a one-piece is a one-piece no matter the routes. The highway was apparently realigned very recently, perhaps coinciding with the construction of a new water tower.

Leaving Oromocto west of the TCH 2/NB 7 junction. NB 102 skips catty-corner off the intersection without quite making it to the 2/7 interchange.

Approaching NB 8, the Princess Margaret Bridge. After TCH 2 was moved to its modern freeway alignment, it followed what's now an extended NB 8 through Moncton and made its way to meet NB 1 in Sussex as I describe on the TCH 2 page (linked at bottom). Point is, you have old 2 crossing old 2 here.

Taken from the other side of the Saint John River, NB 105 northbound at the former Fredericton Railway Bridge. Downtown is on the NB 102 side.

Following the river to the Hawkshaw Bridge, where NB 102 exits itself to get to TCH 2 and the bridge leads across to NB 105. But since this is the former TCH 2, and TCH 2 has always been a major road, the road itself continues straight.

A couple of km later, former TCH 2 dead-ends at a rather generous cul-de-sac. The highway widened out here from the two-lane NB 102 to the four-lane freeway at some interim stage of construction, so there's plenty of room for the turnout across the ripped-out median. I don't see why this area was so well reconstructed when no one in their right mind would be traveling this far down a stub roadway. Or maybe it's because there are precious few signs indicating that the road ends ahead, so there's a good chance that people will end up here by accident. I suppose it's cheaper to tear out a barrier or curb, pave over grass, and lay down fresh stripes than to erect a couple of No Outlet signs. What do I know, I'm just a highway engineer.

Turning around, there's a stub ramp leading off from the EB lane just as it comes back to meet the WB lane. It's actually a continuation of Lower Shogomoc Rd., a tiny trail that leads northwest from here, and probably ended at Allandale Rd. to the east until the TCH 2 freeway was built on top of it. The trail could have been the original alignment of TCH 2 directly along the riverside, but there's no bridge across Shogomoc Stream anymore to facilitate exploration.

Approaching the Hawkshaw Bridge from the stub (SB) direction, and a look from the ramp that meets Hawkshaw Bridge Rd. The bridge of what I'll affectionately call Stub 2 over the road was in such bad shape that half of it was closed for reconstruction. This begs the question as to why it isn't torn down entirely, but then a new bridge would have to be built over Pokiok Stream. Or, you know, just build a connection down from the TCH 2 connector once it crosses the stream itself.

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