Memorial White Cross Program

Permit Information

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal) in cooperation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have been working together to ensure the White Cross Memorial Marker Program is practiced in the safest manner possible. The following guidelines establish criteria and a basic procedure to protect the safety of those participating in the program and the general public.

The guidelines address the key areas of the program: site location, cross installation, dedication ceremony, and visitation.


Site Location
1. Application is made by MADD to the appropriate Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Area Manager for a cross approval through submission of:

  • a detailed description and sketch of the proposed location and
  • for developed properties, a letter of consent from the residential or business operator that they do not object to the cross installation fronting their property.

2. The location must exceed stopping site distance for the prevailing speed limit. Stopping sight distance shall be measured using a 150 mm object height, placed at the edge of the pavement, and a driver eye height of 1.05 meters.

3. For 100 series controlled access highways, the cross shall be a minimum of 15 meters from the edge of the pavement.

4. For all other highways, the cross shall be placed beyond the ditch or sidewalk area.

5. For intersections and crosswalk sites, the cross shall be placed a minimum distance of 15 meters beyond the subject intersection or crosswalk.

6. A cross can not be installed on a section of highway where pedestrians and/or parking has been prohibited by regulation. Current highway sections include:

  • Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) from Halifax to the Bedford Interchange
  • Highway 101 from the Bedford Interchange to Lucasville Road overpass
  • Bedford By-Pass from Highway 101 to Trunk 7 (top of Magazine Hill).

7. A cross cannot be installed on Highway 111 in Dartmouth due to high traffic volumes, close interchange spacing, and lack of roadside space for parking.

Cross Installation
1. During cross installation, workers must comply with the Temporary Workplace Traffic Control Manual which outlines the traffic control measures necessary to protect workers. This is a requirement of Occupational Health and Safety Legislation for Nova Scotia. All traffic control devices will be supplied and erected by Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

2. The top of the concrete foundation shall be level with ground elevation.

Dedication Ceremony
1. Ceremonies shall be scheduled during an off peak traffic time period.

2. Police shall be present to perform traffic control.

3. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal reserves the right to assign extra specific traffic control measures judged as essential to support safe conduct based upon the highway classification, highway geometry, highway and shoulder widths and expected volume of participants. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will supply and erect the traffic control devices necessary to support the ceremony.

4. The ceremony shall proceed only during daylight hours and with satisfactory visibility.

5. MADD shall complete a permit application form at least one week in advance to obtain permission for the ceremony. The application shall be submitted to a Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Area Manager for processing with District Traffic Authority.


  1. MADD is to provide the victim’s family with a checklist of friendly reminders related to parking, being a pedestrian, encourage visits during off peak traffic periods, visit during clear weather condition etc.

  2. MADD understands that Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal reserves the right to request memorial marker relocation or removal as the direct result of highway system upgrading or identified safety concerns. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal shall approach MADD prior to any action being taken.

  3. MADD understands that should a cross be approved and placed on an undeveloped property, the cross may have to be relocated upon request by the future residential homeowner or business operator.