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Interchange Projects

Two interchange projects, the McOrmond/College Drive interchange and an interchange at Boychuk Drive/Highway 16, are scheduled for construction in Saskatoon. The Boychuk Drive/Highway 16 and the McOrmond/College Drive interchange will begin construction in the spring of 2017. 

To learn more about each interchange and for project updates please use the links below:

These interchanges will be built simultaneously at a cost of $57 million and are bundled together to reduce costs. These savings are estimated to be a minimum of $1 million based on reduced procurement costs, due to only a single procurement, and economies of scale for design and construction of the projects.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the timeline for this project (start date, length and completion estimate)? 
    • McOrmond/College Drive and Boychuk Drive/Highway 16 will begin in the spring of 2017.  The McOrmond/College Drive estimated completion date is the of Fall 2018. The Boychuk Drive/Highway 16 location is estimated to be completed the following year.
       
  • Why do we need these interchanges? 
    • The intersections of McOrmond/College Drive and Boychuk Drive/Highway 16 have both experienced rapid growth in traffic volumes. Continuing development in surrounding areas will add to continued growth in traffic into the foreseeable future. All other indicators are also on an upward trend: collisions, property damage, fuel consumption, delays, environmental damage/greenhouse effect, etc. The most effective way of reducing these trends is to build these interchanges.
       
  • Who is paying for these interchanges?
    • A total of $29.5 million of the Boychuk Drive/Highway 16 interchange portion of this project is to be funded from the Building Canada Fund, with approximately $14.73 million coming from each of the Federal and Provincial governments.
    • Negotiations with Dream Developments concluded in August 2015, and confirmed a funding strategy for the interchange at McOrmond Drive and College Drive. The funding plan resulted in development paying for 100% of the interchange. The total cost of this interchanges is $57 million.
       
  • Why are we building two interchanges at the same time? 
    • These two interchange projects have been bundled to reduce costs. Only the Boychuk Drive/Highway 16 interchange relies on Building Canada funding. Both interchanges are required and there are significant cost savings expected by procuring these together as a Design-Build package. These savings are estimated to be a minimum of $1 million based on reduced procurement costs, due to only a single procurement, and economies of scale for design and construction of the project.
       
  • What environmental impact will these interchanges have on the local environment?
    •  The Contractor will need to conform to all provincial / federal environmental regulations and City Bylaws. The construction of these interchanges will affect the local wetlands. The Contractor will have to abide by the City’s Wetland Policy and mitigate as much as possible the damage to the wetlands. If the wetlands are damaged, then the contractor will need to compensate for it by the construction of additional wetlands of equivalent biodiversity.
       
  • Will there be sidewalks and bike paths on the interchanges?
    •  Both interchanges will have pedestrian and cyclist paths/walkways. 
       
  • What about the noise from the construction?
    • The Contractor will have to conform to Bylaw No. 8244 the Noise Bylaw: Construction or Repair of Buildings. In all areas of the City except agricultural and industrial districts, the construction, demolition, alteration or repair of any building or structure between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on a weekday, and 10:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on a Sunday or a statutory holiday, that produces sound that is plainly audible across the property lines from which the sound emanates and is unreasonably loud or excessive. In cases of emergency, construction noises are exempt from this provision.
       
  • What about the noise from the traffic after construction is complete?
    • As part of these interchange projects, sound attenuations will be built. These attenuations are expected to minimise the noise levels in the adjacent neighbourhoods.
       
  • Who is doing the work?
    • Three teams have been chosen to move on to the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage for the Saskatoon Interchange Project for Boychuk Drive & Highway 16 and McOrmond Drive & College Drive.   PCL Construction Management Inc. (PCL Construction Management Inc., Cima+ Canada Inc., Trek Geotechnical Inc., Pinchin West Limited, Catterall & Wright) has been the successful proponent.  
       
  • How will this impact my commute to work/school and in my community every day?
    • Detours and road closures can be expected as each project progress. The community will be kept up to date with regular notifications via the Road Restrictions and Construction Projects Map. The impact to the community will always be a priority and work will be done to limit this impact as much as possible.
       
  • How has the community been involved in this process?
    • During the development of the functional designs for both projects, public open houses were held to present the projects to the community and to obtain their input. In 2008 and 2009, the functional plan for Boychuk Drive & Highway 16 was presented at a stakeholder meeting and subsequently at an open house. In 2013, the functional plan for McOrmond Drive and College Drive was presented at an open house. The feedback at the time focused on the desire to expedite the construction of the interchange and the need to retain a free flow movement for southbound traffic. 

If you have any questions, please direct all inquiries to Bryan Zerebeski, 306-975-3335 or Bryan.Zerebeski@Saskatoon.ca