Welcome

Thank you for taking the time to view this virtual information session about the proposed Highway 39 Corridor Improvements Project including improvements to its Junction with Highway 13.

Aerial photograph of the intersection of Highway 39 and 13
Photo of an open house

Why are we here?

The Government of Saskatchewan is working on upgrades to Highway 39 to improve safety and increase capacity. Some improvements, such as passing lanes and highway widening, are already under construction.

Further improvements including sections of highway twinning and improvements to the intersection of Highway 13 and 39 are in the planning phase. This virtual information session will focus on planning of improvements north of Weyburn and at the Junction of Highway 13 and 39.

The purpose of this website is to:

  • Introduce the Project

  • Answer questions

  • Gather feedback for the planning and design process*


*Note: the online survey was closed March 28th.

Project Scope

As part of the next phase of the Highway 6/39 Corridor Improvement Initiative, the Ministry of Highways will be:

  1. Extending the twinning on Highway 6 south of Regina;

  2. Twinning the Highway 6/39 corridor through Corinne;

  3. Extending the existing twinning northwest of Weyburn; and

  4. Evaluating safety improvements for the Junction of Highway 13 and Highway 39


Several projects are ongoing or have already been completed as part of the Highway 39 Corridor Improvement Initiative. More information about these projects can be found on the Ministry's webpage.

Highway 6 Twinning

To improve the level of service and safety of Highway 6 south of Regina, the Ministry of Highways is extending the twinning further south by approximately 7 km.

This additional roadway will:

  • Reduce passing conflicts by minimizing the gap between the Regina Bypass Highway 6 Interchange and the passing lanes which were constructed in 2018;

  • Provide additonal time for merging and turning movements of traffic to and from the Regina Bypass or Rowatt; and

  • Improve the overall safety of the Highway 6 corridor, where traffic concentrations are at their highest.

Corinne Twinning

Highways 6 and 39 converge through the community of Corinne, concentrating traffic from each highway into a single undivided roadway. As a result, this small section of highway experiences some of the highest traffic volumes of the entire Highway 6/39 corridor. Adding to this concern are:

  • The at-grade rail crossings on Highway 6/39 and Highway 334 at Corinne;

  • The Highway 334 intersection with Highway 6/39 at Corinne; and

  • Seasonal traffic from the Richardson Pioneer grain terminal and fertilizer distribution facility.


The Ministry of Highways plans to twin the existing roadway beginning from south of the southern junction of Highways 6 and 39 to north of the northern junction of Highways 6 and 39, for a total distance of approximately 7 km.

Highway 39 Twinning

To improve traffic flow and safety on the Highway 39 corridor, The Ministry is proposing extending the existing twinning North of Weyburn by an additional 4 kilometres.

To accomodate the new lane, the following intersection treatments are planned:

  • Access Consolidation
    Consolidation of the Range Road 2152 and Township Road 90 accesses into a single access to reduce conflict points near the transition from divided to undivided.

  • Grain Terminal Access
    Shifting the southern portion of Range Road 2151 further south to accommodate the new lane. Additional treatments such as turning lanes are planned.

  • Service Road Realignment
    Realignment of the service road by South Country Equipment and Souris Valley Industries to accommodate the new lane.

Highway 13 and 39

The intersection of Highway 13 and 39 concentrates several Compounding Risk Factors Risk factors that, when combined, result a greater level of risk than if the factors existed on their own.

Increasing risk could mean an increased probability of an indicent occuring, an increased severity of incidents, or both.
into one location. To learn more about these factors, tap on or hover over the points below:

  • Skewed angle (> 105°)
    The angle of an intersection has a significant influence on the driver's field of view. The current angle of the intersection is approximately 145° - this is significantly higher than a standard 90° intersection.

  • 26 Intersection conflict points
    Intersection conflict points are instances of potential interaction between vehicles passing through an intersection. Research shows that collision rates are higher at intersections with more conflict points.

  • Intersection within a curve
    Collision statistics for Saskatchewan have shown that many collision prone intersections are located on or near horizontal curves.

The above factors have contributed to 13 collisions at this intersection since 2010.

Highway 13 and 39

To reduce risk and increase level of service, the following intersection realignment options are being considered:

  • Option 1
    Traffic Signals

  • Option 2
    Realignment of HWY 13

  • Option 3
    Signalized Realignment

  • Option 4
    Offset T-intersection

  • Option 5
    Median U-Turn Crossovers

  • Option 6
    Two Lane Roundabout


The following sections provide more information about each option.

Option 1

Traffic Signals

Strengths

  • Reduced exposure to collisions

  • Zero impact to existing property

  • Traffic signals direct traffic efficiently during peak times

Weaknesses

  • No reduction in conflict points

  • Traffic signals slow down traffic movement at non-peak times

  • Traffic signals not currently warranted given traffic volumes

Option 2

Realignment of Highway 13

Strengths

  • Elimination of skew - improved sight angle

  • Reduced exposure to collisions

  • New turning lanes provide safety benefit

  • Allows for future installation of traffic signals

Weaknesses

  • No reduction in conflict points (26)

  • Large property impact south of Highway 13

Option 3

Signalized Realignment of Highway 13

Strengths

  • Elimination of skewed intersection

  • Reduced exposure to collisions

  • New turning lanes provide safety benefit

  • Traffic signals direct traffic efficiently during peak times

Weaknesses

  • No reduction in conflict points

  • Large property impact south of Highway 13

  • Traffic signals slow down traffic movement at non-peak times

  • Traffic signals not currently warranted given traffic volumes

Option 4

Offset T-intersection

Strengths

  • Conflict points reduced from 26 to 18

  • Elimination of skewed intersection

  • Reduced crossing distance - reduced exposure to collisions

  • New turning lanes provide safety benefit

  • Reduced driver workload due to space between intersections - fewer conflicts to assess and judge

Weaknesses

  • Highway 13 through traffic must change lanes in a short distance on Highway 39 (forced weave)

  • Out of way travel is required for Highway 13 through traffic

Option 5

Median U-Turn Crossovers

Raised curbing installed to stop Highway 13 through traffic from continuing through intersection.


Strengths

  • Conflict points reduced from 26 to 20

  • Reduced exposure to high impact collisions for Highway 13 through traffic

  • New turning lanes provide safety benefit

  • Reduced driver workload due to space between intersections - fewer conflicts to assess and judge

Weaknesses

  • Skewed intersection angle is not eliminated

  • Highway 13 through traffic must change lanes in a short distance on Highway 39(forced weave)

  • Out of way travel or backtracking on Highway 39 is required for Highway 13 through traffic

Option 6

Two Lane Roundabout

Strengths

  • Reduced conflict points (26 -> 8)

  • Elimination of skew

  • Reduced driver workload due to ability to assess on conflict at a time

  • Free flow of traffic – no waiting at traffic signals

  • Geometry forces speed reduction, leading to significantly reduced risk of high impact collisions

Weaknesses

  • High property impact

  • Requires speed limit reduction to approximately 50 km/hr.

Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to view this virtual information session about the proposed Highway 39 Corridor Improvements Project including improvements to the Junction with Highway 13.

Please direct any questions or comments can be directed to:
stephen@solisolutions.com