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Highway 1 Indian Head Study

The Ministry of Highways is studying Highways 1 and 56 in Indian Head. The purpose is to determine the configuration of a future interchange and alignment.


1. Study Background

The Ministry of Highways is studying Highways 1 and 56 in Indian Head.

The purpose is to determine the configuration of a future interchange at Highways 1 and 56 and the alignment of Highway 56.

This study will identify land to be protected for future highway improvements. This creates development opportunities for land near the highway that is not being preserved.

In March 2023, the preferred option was presented with an opportunity for feedback. The survey has now closed.


2. Past Public Engagement

In June 2022, four interchange options were presented and a survey was used to collect feedback.

The options were very closely rated with the first and fourth place options separated by less than one point.

The public indicated safety was the most important consideration. This was followed by cost and benefit to area residents.

The public’s feedback was incorporated into the evaluation.


3. Study Options

Based on the evaluation, the Diamond Interchange West of Existing Location is recommended for the Highway 1 and Highway 56 intersection.

Some key elements that set this option apart from the others include:

  • Safety – Several roads intersect with Highway 56 at a skew that results in reduced sightlines and increased collision risk. Realignment of Highway 56 ensures intersections are properly aligned at 90 degrees.
  • Opportunity to Accommodate Future Development – The preferred option is well positioned to accommodate future development.
  • Residential Impacts – The realignment of Highway 56 will reduce traffic and noise for residents of Indian Head.
  • Construction Staging – Construction of the future interchange will not affect existing businesses. The current intersection can remain open during construction, reducing the impact on traffic.

The recommended design is shown below:

Highway 1 - Indian Head - recommended proposed roadway

Highway 1 - Indian Head - Recommended Option Close up


4. Survey

Thank you for your participation. The survey is now closed.


5. Next Steps

  • Refine design of recommended option based on feedback
  • Prepare final report
  • There is currently no timeline for construction.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Gerger, Senior Project Manager, Ministry of Highways

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