Government asking for residents’ feedback for corridor study – DiscoverMooseJaw.com
The Department of Highways wants to hear how Moose Jaw is improving safety at four intersections along Highway 1.
The Department has conducted a corridor study and is now presenting options to improve safety at the intersections of 32nd Avenue Northwest, Ninth Avenue Northwest, Highway 2 and Thatcher Drive.
“We have compiled a few options for each of the four crossings and posted them on a website at saskatchewan.ca and we want to hear people’s opinions on the proposed options. ‘ said David Horth, Director of Communications at the Department for Highways.
The intersection of Highway 1 and Ninth Avenue Northwest has long been a concern for local residents. In the last five years, there have been nine property damages and ten personal injury accidents at the intersection. According to the state government, an average of 5,650 vehicles are driven at the intersection every day.
The Ministry of Roads is presenting residents with four different options.
The first option is a right-in/right-out intersection. This would mean traffic would not be able to cross the freeway and left turns would be eliminated.
The second option would be to install traffic lights. According to the study, the aim is to lower the speed limit from 80 km/h to 70 km/h. The freeway would also shift south to seek more space between the freeway and North Service Road. The potential cost is between $8 million and $12 million.
Option three would be to install a roundabout. The speed limit would have to be reduced from 80 to 60 km/h on the approach and 30 km/h in the roundabout.
The final option would be a partial cloverleaf, allowing traffic to enter and exit the highway via ramps. The freeway would have to be moved south again, and a bridge would be built to allow Ninth Avenue to pass under the freeway. This option would be the most expensive, priced at $45-$55 million.
The intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 2 would look for ways to avoid large trucks colliding with the overpass.
The option being explored in the corridor study is a diamond interchange that would allow traffic to enter and exit the highway via ramps. It would reduce the number of conflict points with Highway 1 from six to four.
Finally, the study examines four different options for the intersection of Highway 1 and Thatcher Drive.
The first option is to install traffic lights. To do this, the speed limit would have to be lowered from 100 km/h to 70 km/h.
Option number two would be to create a roundabout. Similar to option one, the speed limit would have to be reduced to 60 km/h at the entrance and 30 km/h at the roundabout.
The third option would be a Diamond Interchange, which would require an overpass. Traffic would enter and exit the freeway via ramps.
Horth said once the ministry receives feedback on all options, they will propose the preferred options for each intersection.
“We’re going to share this with people again. We’ll come back to them. We’ll say these are the preferred options, and we’ll let everyone take another look. We will ask them to respond again with more feedback,” he said.
You can find a link to the options and the survey here. The Department of Motorways is taking feedback until February 12.