Saskatoon Interchange Project
The Saskatoon Interchange Project involves the construction of two new interchanges on the east side of the city. Work on the interchange at Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 and at McOrmond Drive and College Drive began in April of 2017. The McOrmond Drive and College Drive interchange opened in June 2019. The Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 interchange is also scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.
Both intersections have experienced rapid growth in traffic volumes as development continues in surrounding neighbourhoods. Various other indicators are also on an upward trend: collisions, property damage, fuel consumption, traffic delays, environmental damage. The most effective way of reducing these trends is to build interchanges.
To learn specifics about each interchange (3D renderings, interchange benefits, staying informed, etc), please click on the links below:
Project News Releases and PSAs
PSA - June 3, 2019 - Interchange at McOrmond Drive and College Drive fully open
PSA - May 24, 2019 - Ramp at McOrmond Drive and College Drive interchange closed May 25
PSA - May 3, 2019 - Loop at McOrmond Drive and College Drive interchange briefly closing
PSA - April 2, 2019 - McOrmond Drive and College Drive interchange work resumes April 3
PSA - November 5, 2018 - Exit ramp from Highway 16 onto Boychuk Drive will open November 6
PSA - October 30, 2018 - Exit ramps from College Drive onto McOrmond Drive will open October 31
News Release - October 16, 2018 - Traffic moving onto McOrmond Drive & College Drive interchange
News Release - September 28, 2018 - Boychuk Drive & Highway 16 Interchange Ready for Traffic
PSA - May 25, 2018 - Concrete Deck to be Poured at McOrmond Dr. and College Dr. Interchange
PSA - May 9, 2018 - McOrmond & College Drive Interchange traffic shift
PSA - April 19, 2018 - Traffic pattern changes start Sunday at Boychuk and Highway 16
News Release – March 22, 2018 – Girders to be Installed at McOrmond and College Interchange
Report - Highway 16/Boychuk Drive & McOrmond Drive/College Drive Construction Update - September 2017
PSA - September 8, 2017 - Intersection Change at McOrmond Drive and College Drive
News Release - September 8, 2017 - Saskatoon Interchange Project Update: September 2017
PSA - July 15, 2017 - Highway 16 & Boychuk Drive Traffic Pattern Change Begins Sunday
PSA - July 6, 2017 - Intersection Change at Boychuk Drive & Highway 16
Notice - June 29, 2017 - College Drive Street Lighting Installed
Notice - May 12, 2017 - College Drive Street Lighting
PSA - May 11, 2017 - Traffic Delays on Highway 16 near Boychuk Drive Sunday, May 14, 2017
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 Saskatoon Interchange Project?
The interchanges at McOrmond Drive and College Drive and Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 are bundled as a single project called the Saskatoon Interchange Project.
Why are the interchanges necessary?
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.
When will interchange construction start and end?
Construction at both sites has been underway since April of 2017. The McOrmond Drive and College Drive interchange is was completed in June 2019. The Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 interchange is also estimated to be completed in the summer of 2019.
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 $56,694,600.00 (not including GST).
The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are each contributing up to $10,960,885 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?
Both interchanges are required and there is significant cost savings expected by procuring them together as a design-build package.
How was the shape of the interchanges determined?
The initial steps included a review of the following considerations:
- Surrounding land use - urban, suburban, or rural
- Classification of the intersecting streets –freeway to freeway; freeway to arterial; etc.
- Traffic volume
- Availability and cost of right-of-way.
The interchanges include a loop and traffic signals. Why a loop? Won’t traffic signals cause delays?
Both interchanges include an eastbound to northbound loop. For example, a driver heading to Willowgrove from the downtown will exit College Drive, travel under the bridge structure, and loop up to McOrmond Drive, and travel north. The driver will then travel over College Drive and will pass through an intersection that will be controlled by traffic signals. The delay at this intersection will be much less than is experienced today by drivers waiting to turn left off of College Drive, as there is much less opposing traffic. There is also a large improvement in safety and comfort for drivers waiting to turn left by eliminating the adjacent traffic.
How will the interchanges accommodate pedestrians and cyclists?
The College Drive and McOrmond Drive interchange will include three metre wide multi-use pathways on both sides of the McOrmond Drive bridge structure over College Drive. Both pedestrians and cyclists are permitted to use multi-use pathways.
The Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 interchange will include a three metre wide multi-use pathway on the west side of the Boychuk Drive bridge structure over Highway 16. Both pedestrians and cyclists are permitted to use multi-use pathways.
How will construction affect wildlife?
The construction of both interchanges does affect the local wetlands. PCL is abiding by the City’s Wetland Policy and all provincial and federal regulations. If the wetlands are damaged, then the contractor must compensate by establishing additional wetlands of equivalent biodiversity.
What about construction noise?
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.
How will traffic noise be mitigated once the interchanges are open?
As part of the Saskatoon Interchange Project, sound attenuations are being built. The walls will minimize the noise levels in adjacent neighbourhoods.
How will construction impact my commute?
Detours and road closures can be expected as construction on each interchange progresses. Impacts to traffic will be communicated via road signage, here at saskatoon.ca/interchanges, the Road Restrictions and Construction Projects Map, Service Alerts, and through Public Service Announcements distributed to local media. Communication from the City to the community will always be a priority.
How was the community involved in the process leading up to the Saskatoon Interchange Project?
During the development of the functional designs for both interchanges, public open houses were held to present the projects and obtain 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 interchanges and the need to retain a free flow movement for southbound traffic.
Where do I direct any questions I have about the Saskatoon Interchange Project?
Please get in touch with Bryan Zerebeski, Senior Project Management Engineer, at 306-975-3335 or Bryan.Zerebeski@Saskatoon.ca.
At a meeting held on February 29, 2016, City Council approved the procurement strategy for the bundling of McOrmond Drive and College Drive and Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 as a single project called the Saskatoon Interchange Project. City Council also requested Administration issue the Request for Qualifications, followed by the RFP, once funding was received.
On May 26, 2016, the Government of Canada, through the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP), and the Province of Saskatchewan announced contributions toward the Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 Interchange. Both levels of government are each contributing up to $10,960,885.
The Request for Qualifications was issued on March 10, 2016, and closed on April 28, 2016. The Administration received eight submissions and three Proponents were pre-qualified to participate in the RFP on May 27, 2016.
The Saskatoon Interchange Project was awarded to PCL Construction Management Inc. PCL is designing and building both interchanges. The interchanges are being simultaneously built at a cost of $56,694,600.00 million (not including GST):
- Negotiations with Dream Developments confirmed a funding strategy for the interchange at McOrmond Drive and College Drive. The funding plan resulted in adjacent developers paying for 100% of the interchange.
- The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are each contributing up to $10,960,885 for the Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 Interchange through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects.