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Title: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: aridawn on March 13, 2013, 08:02:14 PM
     Sask DOH (Department of Highways) and Transportation is undertaking new highways in bridges around the province.  Most Notable is the P.A. (Prince Albert) Bridge study for Twinning of the Diefenbaker Bridge, as well as the West Regina bypass, and the St Louis Bridge across the Noth Saskatchewan River which carries Hwy 2.

     DOH is also twinning Hwy 11 north of Saskatoon to P.A. as well.  This is much needed as this route has limited passing zones, heavy truck, and communter traffic between the cities.  Prince Albert is a heavy forsterty and mining community. As well as becoming a Bedroom community of Saskatoon.
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: oscar on March 13, 2013, 09:19:34 PM
DOH is also twinning Hwy 11 norht of Saskatoon to P.A. as well.  This is much needed as this route has limited passing zones, heavy truck, and communter traffic between the cities.  Prince Albert is heavy forsterty and mining community. As well as becoming a Bedroom community of Saskatoon.

I drove that route last summer.  Lots of progress on the twinning.  I was pleased that most of the newly-twinned segments were posted with a 110 km/h speed limit, even with occasional at-grade crossings.

Less welcome was the lousy condition of the primary highways in some northwestern parts of the province's populated areas, like around the junction of routes 21 (unpaved) and 55 (heavily torn up due to construction).  Route signage was poor, and I accidentally drove past the turnoff for route 21 into Alberta (much better pavement) before I realized my error.
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: aridawn on May 30, 2013, 11:17:31 PM
Sask DOH has on its web site a study for a South Regina Bypass.  I have a link to the posting: http://www.highways.gov.sk.ca/SouthReginaBypass (http://www.highways.gov.sk.ca/SouthReginaBypass)  This one looks interesting.  I know for years Regina has been looking for an alternate route for TCH-1 (Victoria Ave) heading east from Ring Road due to the build up of big box retail along this corridor.  The study looks as though it will bypass Victoria Ave as well as the Southern portion of Ring Road as well.   The last time I was through Regina, most of the cities development both industrial and residential, were in the North West and North East of the city.  This plan indicates residential development to the south of Ring Road. 
Title: Highways 6 & 39 Twinning
Post by: dmuzika on January 29, 2015, 12:03:08 PM
I this on SkyscraperPage Forum, http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=215168, it looks like Sask DOH is planning to twin Hwys 6 & 39 between Regina and Estevan.  Here's some of the links:

General Information about the Project:
http://www.highways.gov.sk.ca/twinning6and39

Open House Part 1:
http://www.highways.gov.sk.ca/adx/as...me_hwy6.39.pdf

Open House Part 2:
http://www.highways.gov.sk.ca/adx/as...openhouse2.pdf

Open House Part 3:
http://www.highways.gov.sk.ca/adx/as...art1_Part2.pdf

Open House Part 4:
http://www.highways.gov.sk.ca/adx/as...ouse_Part2.pdf
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: AsphaltPlanet on February 01, 2015, 04:02:44 PM
Has there been any movement on the Hwy 1 portion of the Regina By-pass?

It looks like the western by-pass road is going to be built in the next few years, but nothing is underway yet for the TCH portion itself.  Is that indeed the case?
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: aridawn on March 02, 2015, 01:55:17 PM
Has there been any movement on the Hwy 1 portion of the Regina By-pass?

It looks like the western by-pass road is going to be built in the next few years, but nothing is underway yet for the TCH portion itself.  Is that indeed the case?

Here is the link regarding the bypass, construction is set to begin Summer 2015 and last for three years
http://www.highways.gov.sk.ca/Regina_bypass

Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Bickendan on March 02, 2015, 04:25:49 PM
Wow, my mouth dropped at that projected route. Good on Saskatchewan and Regina for getting this going.
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Dr Frankenstein on March 02, 2015, 04:40:02 PM
Acually, this seems kind of far out for a city that size. Are they repeating Winnipeg's mistake?
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Brandon on March 02, 2015, 05:06:21 PM
Acually, this seems kind of far out for a city that size. Are they repeating Winnipeg's mistake?

1. I don't think so.  Winnipeg only has the one route around it.  Regina would have two.
2. Winnipeg's problem, after having gone there, is a lack of decent routes in and out of the city centre.  It's nothing good signal progression couldn't solve.
3. On the south side of Winnipeg, at least, the development is at the bypass in some areas, and passes it at MB-75 (that development seems to be much older).
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: JREwing78 on March 02, 2015, 07:27:25 PM
Acually, this seems kind of far out for a city that size. Are they repeating Winnipeg's mistake?

I would agree that this seems a bit unnecessary. Furthermore, this doesn't solve the problem of traffic trying to get to downtown from the east on TCH-1 - the clogged traffic through the big box retail east of Ring Road will still be there. It'll only get worse when the sprawl outward inevitably occurs.

I don't see what problem this routing solves that a freeway upgrade of TCH-1 east of Ring Road (with upgraded major interchanges) and a western bypass does not. This looks like a dandy way to generate sprawl and make it more difficult to get to the city center.
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: aboges26 on March 03, 2015, 02:19:41 AM
The southern dip in the route seems a complete waste.  Some time back I saw a proposal for a freeway extension off the Ring Road in the south that served as a continuation of the east-west section on the south side of Regina heading east, then northeast and back to the Trans Canada Highway not too far east of town. This current plan trades efficiency for unnecessary elaborateness.
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Chris on March 03, 2015, 09:25:19 AM
Regina is currently the fourth fastest growing city in Canada. Apparently they expect a lot of growth in the southern part of the city.

There are also plans for another bypass further southeast of Regina.
(http://i.imgur.com/9QXBM2T.jpg)
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: vdeane on March 03, 2015, 09:36:14 PM
Are they planning to re-routing TCH 1 when this is done or will it stay on the same route?
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: SignGeek101 on July 30, 2015, 01:17:25 AM
Initial work has begun on the Regina Bypass, but not without controversy about the route.

http://regina.ctvnews.ca/initial-work-gets-underway-on-regina-bypass-project-1.2478973
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: SignGeek101 on August 21, 2015, 11:42:05 PM
I have some photos of the Saskatchewan Highway 7 twinning project. AADT's on that stretch of highway have been increasing steadly, close to 7 000 in the section being twinned. The highway will be twinned from its current location, 16 km southwest of Saskatoon, to Delisle, a town 40 km southwest of Sasktoon over the next few years.

The current stage of construction is still getting the ground prepped. This should be done in Fall 2015. More info here: http://www.highways.gov.sk.ca/Hwy7twin

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5708/20633036571_fac1decf50_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/xrgGVR)
SK 7 Eastbound Twinning! (https://flic.kr/p/xrgGVR) by Sign Geek (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135438121@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/572/20151694903_ef4a3aaf6f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/wGJGPz)
SK 7 Twinning looking Eastbound (Pic 1) (https://flic.kr/p/wGJGPz) by Sign Geek (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135438121@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/658/20746396206_19f9f2a88c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/xBhGNj)
SK 7 Twinning looking Eastbound (Pic 2, East of Previous) (https://flic.kr/p/xBhGNj) by Sign Geek (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135438121@N07/), on Flickr

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5793/20584680080_d4db46a085_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/xmZSef)
SK 7 Twinning looking Eastbound (Pic 3, East of Previous) (https://flic.kr/p/xmZSef) by Sign Geek (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135438121@N07/), on Flickr

You can really see the traffic tie ups on the next one. It was a Monday evening when I was here.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5653/20772659635_db9df548f8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/xDBj14)
SK 7 Twinning looking Eastbound (Pic 4, East of Previous) (https://flic.kr/p/xDBj14) by Sign Geek (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135438121@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: AsphaltPlanet on August 22, 2015, 10:45:21 AM
twinning highways in the prairies is so much more straightforward than it is in Ontario...
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: SignGeek101 on August 22, 2015, 03:16:41 PM
twinning highways in the prairies is so much more straightforward than it is in Ontario...

In terms of getting the earth ready, yes. I would say that in parts of southern Ontario that just have farmland anyway (407E), it's probably not that much more difficult.
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Chris on August 22, 2015, 03:49:23 PM
Most of these twinned highways on the prairies look like quasi freeways to me, with an even higher speed limit than full-blown freeways in Ontario and Québec. From what I've seen there are very few traffic lights on twinned highways outside cities like Regina or Saskatoon. Judging from street view and Google Earth there seem to be only two traffic lights between Estevan and Regina (both in Weyburn). That corridor will also be twinned to four lanes.
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: SignGeek101 on August 22, 2015, 04:04:06 PM
Most of these twinned highways on the prairies look like quasi freeways to me, with an even higher speed limit than full-blown freeways in Ontario and Québec. From what I've seen there are very few traffic lights on twinned highways outside cities like Regina or Saskatoon. Judging from street view and Google Earth there seem to be only two traffic lights between Estevan and Regina (both in Weyburn). That corridor will also be twinned to four lanes.

I think expressway explains the twinned highways more. A few traffic lights scattered, and many stop sign level at-grade crossings. Most rail lines are underpass or overpass.

The Trans-Canada in Regina still has about 5-6 traffic signals. I really wish that part was fixed up, but I guess with the new bypass being built around the city, it should make traffic better on that side.

Manitoba (in part of population I guess) has many more traffic lights on the Trans-Canada than Saskatchewan. That being said, work is apparently being done upgrade sections west of Winnipeg, including the installation of four new overpasses. One will be over the Yellowhead (Highway 16) and the Trans-Canada. I haven't seen any work yet though, so I'm starting to wonder if it got delayed or cancelled outright.

There is also the Perimeter Highway in Winnipeg that consists of many traffic lights; too many for me to count. The whole thing should be upgraded to freeway IMHO, but I know that would cost quite a bit. Not to mention the fact that people who live there (AKA me) don't use the highway very often. With expansion though (there are new houses that keep creeping closer to the highway), I could see it happening in 20 years.

EDIT: Yup, cancelled outright. Good ol' Manitoba.

Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Chris on August 10, 2017, 02:03:29 PM
The Highway 1 / 48 interchange in White City opens to traffic 'within a day'. With the other recently completed interchange at Balgonie, this essentially creates a 7 kilometer segment of de-facto freeway from White City to Balgonie, as there are no access points to Highway 1 between those interchanges.

It is part of the Regina bypass project. 

http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2017/august/10/white-city-overpass
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: SignGeek101 on August 10, 2017, 09:52:29 PM
The interchange is now open.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/regina-bypass/regina-bypass-cameras/white-city-camera
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Chris on August 14, 2017, 11:21:47 AM
The nearby Pilot Butte interchange will become a DDI. It will open 'later this year', making it the second DDI in Canada.

http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/regina-drivers-will-have-to-navigate-a-new-kind-of-interchange-the-diverging-diamond
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: dmuzika on September 06, 2017, 01:45:43 PM
I was looking at the Estevan Truck Bypass; Google has it marked as Hwy 39A but I haven't seen it verified anywhere else. Does anyone know if they bypass is signed as Hwy 39A?
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Kniwt on September 06, 2017, 03:18:05 PM
I was looking at the Estevan Truck Bypass; Google has it marked as Hwy 39A but I haven't seen it verified anywhere else. Does anyone know if they bypass is signed as Hwy 39A?

As of July 1 (the day I took this pic, just west of the junction with Hwy. 47), no, it was signed as 39:
(https://i.imgur.com/UkNadFB.jpg)
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: dmuzika on September 08, 2017, 12:23:06 AM
As of July 1 (the day I took this pic, just west of the junction with Hwy. 47), no, it was signed as 39:

Interesting, thank you! Do you recall if the former (city) route was still signed as SK 39 or was it changed?

Edit: Nevermind, I see on MapQuest and Bing that its SK 39A (Google doesn't show it). Thanks!
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Alps on May 25, 2018, 11:44:19 PM
Stumbled upon this old alignment today: https://goo.gl/maps/GjjPD4nziY22
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: srpyyc on July 28, 2018, 05:37:07 PM
I did a road trip this week from Calgary to Saskatoon and Regina and back.  Can anyone tell me why there is a gap in the twinning of SK 11 at Chamberlain? 
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Stephane Dumas on July 29, 2018, 11:30:09 AM
I did a road trip this week from Calgary to Saskatoon and Regina and back.  Can anyone tell me why there is a gap in the twinning of SK 11 at Chamberlain? 

I guess it might be related to the business owners of that area who don't want to be bypassed.

Meanwhile, there's another study then I saw from an article published in May about the railroad crossings on Circle Drive in northeast Regina.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/regina-city-council-railway-lines-may-1-1.4642903
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: oscar on July 29, 2018, 12:13:03 PM
Meanwhile, there's another study then I saw from an article published in May about the railroad crossings on Circle Drive Ring Road in northeast Regina.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/regina-city-council-railway-lines-may-1-1.4642903

FTFY. Circle Drive is up in Saskatoon.
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Chris on July 29, 2018, 01:05:13 PM
Upgrading Highway 11 to a four lane divided, 110 km/h road would also be expensive. A typical Highway 11 ROW of 60 - 80 meters doesn't fit between the village and the railroad tracks, plus you need a service road for Chamberlain access. That would likely require Highway 11 to be rerouted on a new alignment, preferrably with bridges across the railroad. That's a lot of money...

In addition, most of the 90 people in Chamberlain are probably employed by businesses that cater to passing traffic. It could be the same reason why the sections of I-10 and I-40 around smaller towns in the southwest were the last to be constructed.
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Chris on October 14, 2019, 11:20:32 AM
The Regina Bypass is nearly complete and will open to traffic later this month.

This'll be the new route numbering:
(https://i.imgur.com/4PVtCLC.jpg)
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 14, 2019, 06:08:02 PM
I'm surprised to see the absence of an Hwy-1A.

Speaking of beltways, I saw some plans about Saskatoon perimeter highway on Skyscraperpage forums. http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showpost.php?p=8716005&postcount=7848

I wonder how's the project of twinning SK-6 and SK-39 from Regina to Estevan goes?
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Concrete Bob on October 25, 2019, 05:37:10 PM
Regina bypass opens to traffic on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.  Yaayyy !!

https://regina.ctvnews.ca/busy-construction-season-comes-to-an-end-in-regina-across-sask-1.4654512
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: oscar on November 02, 2019, 01:24:43 AM
I drove the Regina Bypass earlier today. A few quick notes, on my way out of Regina:

-- The part of the Bypass that is TCH 1 (including the final phase south of Regina, and earlier phases east to Balgonie) has exit numbers, which run from east to west from 217 in Balgonie to 258 on the west side of Regina. For some reason, the provincial highways ministry logs its cross-province routes that way, in this case starting at the Manitoba border. I think these exit numbers are Saskatchewan's first, though there is at least one older lettered exit on SK 11 north of Regina.

-- It's all four lanes or sometimes more divided, with a posted 110 km/h speed limit except approaching the Bypass terminus at SK 11 exit 19. This includes the part of the Bypass along the west side of Regina, onto which SK 11 was rerouted (originally it connected to the TCH on the east side of Regina, at a congested interchange with Victoria Ave.).

-- While every intersection has exit-numbered ramps, there are two with at-grade minor-road crossings: Courtney Avenue on the TCH at exit 253, and Armour Road at SK 11 exit 14. There are no traffic lights at those intersections, and no reduction in the 110 km/h speed limit.

The Bypass is a longer but faster route through the Regina area, and is a big improvement over the TCH's earlier routing along parts of the older Ring Road freeway and Victoria Ave.
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: Chris on November 02, 2019, 12:00:46 PM
Do you think that Winnipeg - Saskatoon traffic will also use it? It's quite a long ways around Regina if you want to go from Highway 1 to Highway 11.

I've read that most truckers from Winnipeg to Saskatoon and Edmonton prefer the four lane Highway 1/11 instead of the 16, which is a long two-lane road. Google Maps indicates that the travel time difference between the 16 and 1/11 is only in the range of 5 minutes (via the old route through Regina).
Title: Re: Saskatchewan Highways
Post by: oscar on November 02, 2019, 10:40:22 PM
Do you think that Winnipeg - Saskatoon traffic will also use it? It's quite a long ways around Regina if you want to go from Highway 1 to Highway 11.

It can be a slow slog if you take the old route (Victoria Ave. => northbound SK 6/Ring Rd. => old SK 11/new SK 11A), though the Bypass will take some of the congestion off Victoria Ave. Yeah, the Bypass is longer, but the higher speed limit and absence of the multiple stoplights on Victoria Ave. offsets that.

The Bypass might be used as an excuse to limit trucks on the old route, though that seems not to have happened yet.