Saskatoon Interchange Project
The Saskatoon Interchange Project involves the construction of two new interchanges in Saskatoon. Work on an interchange at McOrmond Drive and College Drive and an interchange at Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 will simultaneously begin in April of 2017, with traffic impacts expected to begin in June.
To learn more about each interchange, please click on the links below:
PSA - April 25, 2017 - Speed Limit Reduction on College Drive Approaching McOrmond Drive and Highway 16 Approaching Boychuk Drive
News Release - March 13, 2017 - Saskatoon Interchange Project Site Work Underway
News Release - December 12, 2016 - Interchange Project Work Starts Days After City Approval
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the timeline for the Saskatoon Interchange Project?
Construction at both sites (McOrmond Drive and College Drive and Boychuk Drive and Highway 16) will begin in April of 2017. Impacts to traffic are expected to start in June. The McOrmond and College Drive interchange is estimated to be complete in the of Fall 2018. The Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 interchange is estimated to be completed in 2019.
Why do we need these interchanges?
Both intersections have experienced rapid growth in traffic volumes. Continuing development in surrounding areas is adding to continued growth in traffic and various other indicators are also on an upward trend i.e. delays, collisions, fuel consumption. The most effective way of reducing these trends is to build interchanges.
Who is building the interchanges, what are the costs, and who is paying for them?
Through a procurement process, PCL Construction Management Inc. (PCL) was chosen to design and build both interchanges for a price of $56,694,600.00 (not including GST).
The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are each contributing up to $14,730,392 to the Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 interchange through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects.
Surrounding developers are funding 100% of the total cost of the McOrmond Drive and College Drive interchange.
Why are we building two interchanges at the same time?
The two interchanges have been bundled to reduce costs. Only the Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 interchange is being paid for through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects. 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 construction of both interchanges will affect the local wetlands. PCL will have to abide by the City’s Wetland Policy and mitigate as much as possible the damage to the wetlands as well as conform to all provincial and federal regulations. If the wetlands are damaged, then the contractor must 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?
PCL will 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 the Saskatoon Interchange Project, sound attenuations will be built. The walls are expected to minimize the noise levels in adjacent neighbourhoods.
How will this impact my commute?
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 and 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.
Questions? Please get in touch with Bryan Zerebeski, Senior Project Management Engineer, at 306-975-3335 or Bryan.Zerebeski@Saskatoon.ca.