Saskatoon Freeway Project
Functional Planning Study
The Government of Saskatchewan, through the Ministry of Highways & Infrastructure, is engaging in a 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 will consider the placement of 16 interchanges, five railway overpasses, two flyovers and one major river crossing. The study is scheduled to be completed in 2021. Currently, there is no timetable for a final decision regarding the freeway’s construction.About the Study
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What is a functional planning study?
Typically, any large-scale construction project begins with a general location study which determines a corridor for construction. This was completed in 2018 and the Saskatoon Freeway route has been endorsed by the City of Saskatoon and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park.
The functional study is the next step in planning and allows the Ministry to gather additional details regarding the functionality of the Saskatoon Freeway, including setting where the centre line of the road will be and defining the type of interchanges, service roads and accesses on and off the freeway.
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.