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The Ministry of Highways commissioned a study of Highways 1 and 56 in Indian Head.
The study focused on the intersection of the highways and consider realignment of Highway 56. It will also provide recommendations for the Highway 1 and Grid 619 (east Indian Head access) intersection.
The Highway 1 and Highway 56 intersection serves Indian Head, the RM of Indian Head and the Katepwa and Mission Lakes area.
The Ministry of Highways continues to work on safety and capacity improvements and feedback is vital to help guide future improvements.
A survey was open to the public to provide feedback on the proposed safety improvements for two weeks in June and closed on June 30, 2022.
Once the feedback has been evaluated, traffic engineers will determine a preferred option and refine the design before presenting it at a future public engagement event. A final report will be presented following that.
The interchange options consider the following:
All the options improve access to Indian Head from Highway 1, while reducing the number of collisions and severity. The timing of construction will depend on how quickly development occurs in the area.
A diamond interchange at the existing location requires an overpass where Highway 56 crosses Highway 1. Traffic gets onto and off Highway 1 using ramps. Traffic signals will likely be required where the ramps meet Highway 56.
A partial cloverleaf at the existing intersection requires an overpass where Highway 56 crosses Highway 1. Loop ramps replace left turns from Highway 56 to Highway 1. Other traffic uses on- and off-ramps. Traffic lights will likely be required at the off-ramps leading to Highway 56.
A diamond interchange west of the existing intersection requires an overpass where Highway 56 crosses Highway 1. Traffic gets onto and off Highway 1 using ramps. The interchange is located further west to avoid impact on existing businesses. Traffic lights will likely be required at the off-ramps leading to Highway 56.
A partial cloverleaf west of the existing intersection requires an overpass where Highway 56 crosses Highway 1. One of the loop ramps facilitates eastbound to northbound movement from Highway 1 to Highway 56, which is anticipated to be in high demand. Traffic lights will likely be required at the off-ramps leading to Highway 56.
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