Saskatoon Freeway Project
Functional Planning Study – Phase 2 has begun
The Government of Saskatchewan, through the Ministry of Highways, is in the midst of a multi-year functional planning study which will determine how the Saskatoon Freeway will look and operate. This freeway is expected to be a four-lane, 55-kilometre stretch of divided highway that begins at Highway 11 south of Saskatoon and connects with Highway 7 west of the city.
The functional planning study’s scope includes determining the placement of 15 interchanges, five railway overpasses, two flyovers and one major river crossing.
Work on the functional planning study is expected to be completed in late 2021. Currently, there is no timetable for a final decision regarding the freeway’s construction.
Phase 1 of the functional planning study is now complete; click here to read a summary.
Phase 2 of the functional planning study is now underway; click here to read an overview.
Input from local residents and environmental groups has been essential as the Saskatoon Freeway functional study design team developed a new concept for crossing the Northeast Swale that reduces environmental impact.
What is a functional planning study?
Typically, any large-scale road planning project begins with a general location study which determines a corridor for construction. For the Saskatoon Freeway, the general location study was completed in 2018 and the corridor for the Saskatoon Freeway was endorsed by the City of Saskatoon and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park.
A functional study is the next step and focuses on finalizing additional concept design, including setting the centre line of the freeway and defining types of interchanges and service roads needed to get on and off the freeway. When the preferred route is approved, the current 500-metre-wide corridor will be reduced by approximately 75 per cent. Restrictions on development will be limited to a much smaller area of land.
COVID-19 and its impact on stakeholder engagement
While the functional study will continue as the province deals with COVID-19, the way we engage with stakeholders will change. This is a key component of the project and we recognize the need to have important and frank discussion. We are utilizing online communication tools which provide face-to-face contact as well telephone conversations and other digital technology to assist us in hearing comments and concerns. We continue to post information to our website and plan to utilize video in our content as work begins on Phase 2.
The functional planning study is being led by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Highways, the City of Saskatoon and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park, with support from SNC-Lavalin, AECOM and Praxis Consulting.