What is a functional planning study?
The functional planning study builds on the work of the Saskatoon Freeway general location study –which was completed in 2018 – by gathering additional details regarding the overpass configurations and projected traffic patterns on the freeway at 15, 25 and 50 years.
This information is used to determine where the centre line of the road will be and will define the type of interchanges, service roads and accesses on and off the freeway. The results of the functional planning study will also allow us to prepare more precise cost estimates for freeway construction.
When complete, the functional planning study will identify the amount of land required for construction and allow some of the temporary land restrictions to be lifted that were put in place after the general location study. For the people who live along the corridor, this functional planning study means they will know where and how their land will be impacted.
For people living along the route, the functional planning study will mean you’ll have engineers and other professionals on your land to complete soil testing and other work. These professionals will only be on your land after you have provided written permission for them to be there.
More information for landowners can be found here.
The completed functional planning study also means the Ministry of Highways & Infrastructure can begin more detailed work with regional municipalities and stakeholders on future conceptual planning work and development proposals that are based on the approved Saskatoon Freeway concept.
When constructed, the Saskatoon Freeway is expected to be a four-lane, 55-kilometre stretch of divided highway that will circle and bypass Saskatoon, with roadway connections at eight provincial highways the freeway will cross, as well as some municipal roads.
It will potentially consist of 16 interchanges, five railway overpasses, two flyovers and one major river crossing.
Study Phase 1
Study Phase 2
Study Phase 3
The functional planning study will examine environmentally sensitive areas and – working with stakeholders – look at ways to eliminate or minimize potential impacts.
The northeast portion of the freeway will pass through the ecologically sensitive Northeast Swale, close to where the extension of McOrmond Road connects to the Chief Mistawasis Bridge. Through the functional planning study, the Ministry of Highways & Infrastructure will work closely with stakeholders to reduce or eliminate potential impact to this ecologically sensitive area.
Throughout the functional planning study process, a wide range of stakeholders and members of the public will be asked to share their input, including (but not limited to):
- Impacted and adjacent landowners, Saskatchewan Trucking Association, Saskatoon Tribal Council, Saskatoon-area First Nations, regional municipalities, Meewasin Valley Authority, the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, NE Swale Watchers, NSBA, utility companies, railways and developers.
We have created a survey to better understand how stakeholders and members of the public would like to be engaged as the functional planning study progresses.
We will provide updates on this web site regarding opportunities for you to learn more about this functional planning study and how you can share your feedback.