The City of Yorkton is a major distribution center for goods and services in the region.
There are a number of major highways leading into the City, and these highways connect to major city roads and key rural roads. As the area grows and new residential, commercial, and industrial development occurs, traffic will increase. When there are more cars and trucks on the road, traffic patterns change as people drive to new neighborhoods, and trucks need to access new facilities. This can lead to traffic problems if the roads aren’t planned and designed properly.
A long-range regional transportation plan will ensure that the regional road network can support future growth. In order to develop a plan that works for everyone in the Yorkton region, it was important that all of the road planning agencies work together.
In 2016, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, City of Yorkton, RM of Orkney, and RM of Wallace entered into a partnership to develop a long-range regional road network plan. The study focused on regional traffic flow – traffic going into, out of, and around the City of Yorkton.
Associated Engineering was hired to complete the technical work, including collecting traffic information and building a traffic model.
By building the traffic model using existing traffic and then adding the new traffic that will come from planned regional development, the consultant was able to help predict future traffic levels on regional roads.
The consultant gathered information from a number of stakeholders to help understand existing road network issues, and future plans. This consultation included discussions with the project partners through project meetings, a public open house, and a workshop where municipal officials and staff, and representatives from local businesses, were invited to discuss options for the long-range road network.
The recommended regional road network plan identifies important potential regional connectors.
Once the final report is complete, it will be shared with the project partners for their support.
The partners can then focus on the short-term needs for the regional road network, which will involve deciding on a design for Grain Millers Drive. The plan also provides a long-term outlook.
The project partners will also be able to use this road network plan for future development to ensure roads are being constructed as development occurs.
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