Phase 1 of the Saskatoon freeway is perhaps the most complex of the three phases.
It’s a busy corridor with Highways 11 and 12, Wanuskewin Road and Millar Avenue in this area, in addition to proposed crossings of the South Saskatchewan River and a CN Rail line.
A framework for the area was developed to help the Saskatoon Freeway and surrounding highways and city streets in the north end, operate well into the future. The framework results in realigning Highway 11 into Wanuskewin Road, eliminating a high-collision intersection.
Key features from this framework include:
- Realignment of Highway 11 to Wanuskewin Road;
- Highway 11 connection to Penner Road;
- Hybrid interchange at Highway 12 and at the realigned Highway 11;
- Partial service interchange at Penner Road;
- Connector from Millar Road to Wanuskewin Road;
- Potential connection from Highway 11 arterial road to Warman Road
A limited stretch – approximately 2.5 kilometres – of Highway 11 would have to be closed during Phase 1 construction.
Highway to highway connectivity, numerous access points to municipal roadways, access to Wanuskewin Heritage Park and optimum interchange spacing helped make this framework the preferred choice for key stakeholders.
Today (25 September 2019) we are publicly publishing this letter which was sent to the City of Saskatoon. Additional copies were provided to Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth (P4G) and the RM of Corman Park. The letter provides a review of the process and outcomes from the SFFPS Design Workshop for Phase 1 of the study, which was held in June 2019.
Below the letter to the city you will find a set of FAQs specific to Phase 1, these are also available in the main FAQs.Design-Workshop-CoS-Final-V1.1
Phase 1 FAQs
Several key stakeholders recently attended a two-day design workshop to discuss the first phase of the proposed Saskatoon freeway.
The two-day design workshop was held to look at the design challenges in the north end of Saskatoon and to come up with solutions to help the Saskatoon freeway overcome these challenges.
Four alternative frameworks for the north section (Phase 1) of the freeway were presented to the group. Each design featured a unique set of advantages and technical challenges. Each was judged by performance criteria and subsequently rated before one preferred framework was agreed upon.
Has the preferred framework been finalized?
No. The highest-ranking framework will now be the focus for further development at public forums this fall where additional input and feedback will be welcomed. We also will be engaging with some stakeholders who are directly impacted – including landowners, First Nations and environmental and heritage organizations (including MVA and WHP).
Why was this framework chosen?
Numerous factors were considered, including highway to highway connectivity, numerous access points to municipal roadways, access to Wanuskewin Heritage Park and optimal interchange spacing. Also, the preferred framework incorporates the City of Saskatoon’s future plans for the north end of the city, identified in their preliminary North Saskatoon Network Planning Study.
How are concerns raised by stakeholders and other interested parties being incorporated?
Concerns are being addressed through ongoing engagements with interested parties including presentations to share information and answer questions, phone calls, face to face meetings and the survey found on the SFFPS website.
Aren’t there environmental studies still underway? How can you make a decision if those are not done?
They will be done before the final report and decision is made in late 2019 or early 2020. When a decision is made to proceed with construction, additional and more detailed environmental studies will be completed.
What will happen during the public consultation you talk about as coming up this fall?
The public consultations are an opportunity to gain the public’s feedback on the preferred framework for the Saskatoon Freeway. The design team wants to understand what additional considerations, concerns or ideas the public has regarding the preferred framework. This input will be considered in future iterations of the framework.
When will a final decision be made on the route and how will it be communicated?
By the end of this year or early 2020, a final decision will be made. The decision will be communicated through our dedicated Saskatoon Freeway website and on social media channels.
What happens after this route is finalized? What about the next two phases?
We will use the same process as we have used this year for Phases 2 and 3, where we engage with specific stakeholders who are directly impacted and then broaden our engagement to include the larger Saskatoon and area general public. All of our work and timelines will be posted on our dedicated Saskatoon Freeway website.
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