Approximately 140 people attended a come-and-go public information session on February 26 to learn how Phase One, the northern section, of the proposed Saskatoon Freeway will look and operate, including alignment and interchange configurations for:
- Highway 11, Wanuskewin Road, and Penner Road;
- Highway 12; and,
- Highway 16.
The designs presented incorporated feedback from two public information sessions held in November 2019, where a set of preliminary alignment and interchange options were shared with the general public.
Public input at the February 26 event included questions from landowners about how the proposed design will impact access to local roadways and the new Freeway. Many attendees also asked about the timeline for construction, which is not scheduled to start for at least 10 years. Questions from attendees were also directed to the project’s environmental experts regarding the proposed route’s impact on the northeast swale and mitigation actions that will be considered.
It is expected that the preferred alignment for Phase One, shown at the information session, will be approved this summer. Once approved the current 500-metre-wide corridor in which land development has been restricted will be reduced to approximately 100 metres.