Infrastructure Corridors

Objectives

  • Plan for the use of rights-of-way by multiple linear infrastructure systems to reduce costs of planning, land acquisition, and construction
  • Coordinate with the province to utilize highways as major infrastructure corridors, including the Saskatoon Freeway alignment currently under development
  • Coordinate with regional service providers on planning to use identified corridors for linear infrastructure, including telecommunications, power, natural gas, and other utilities

 

Context

 

A summary of potential regional infrastructure corridor alignments is provided in Exhibit 5. This generally considers the following:

  • Highway/road alignments. The alignments of several major provincial highways, transportation routes, and infrastructure alignments are identified as potential locations for linear infrastructure corridors. These locations may be well-suited for siting additional infrastructure but coordination with the responsible jurisdiction is required, as are alignments designed to accommodate the infrastructure.
  • Conceptual regional alignments. For longer-term planning, the development of broader regional corridors may be necessary to accommodate major infrastructure servicing the area. In addition to the alignments identified in the map, other efforts may extend well outside of the P4G Region and involve provincial coordination. P4G should consider these broader corridors in long-term development, and coordinate this planning with the province.

 

The summary map in Exhibit 5 also indicates potential infrastructure corridors of specific interest. Some characteristics of these alignments are as follows:

1.            Saskatoon Freeway Northwest. The northwest section of the Saskatoon Freeway is a major future transportation route in the P4G Region, and it provides an opportunity to locate major wastewater forcemain alignments that will service locations in future urban growth areas. The corridor also presents an opportunity to co-locate infrastructure connections to Moosomin First Nation to support growth in this area, should they wish to participate in regional servicing.

2.            Beam Road / Highway 684. Beam Road and the segment of Highway 684 between Beam Road and Saskatoon presents an opportunity for a corridor that links wastewater collection via a forcemain with mains on Marquis Drive in north Saskatoon. In addition, the provision of water services and improvements of the transportation route could support both interim and long-term commercial and industrial growth in this area.

3.            Highway 16. The extension of a sewer forcemain and other services along Highway 16 could accommodate growth to the northwest of Saskatoon. This corridor could also accommodate water services extensions to support development in the rural commercial/industrial node at the Highway 16 / 684 intersection.

4.            Saskatoon Freeway North. In the short term, this corridor could provide extensions for wastewater servicing for the urban residential neighbourhoods to the northwest of Saskatoon.

5.            Martensville Utilities Corridor. This corridor has the potential to serve as the alignment for water and wastewater pipelines between Martensville and Saskatoon. A comprehensive corridor design that considers the alignments of these pipelines could be explored which also permits the extension of other types of regional infrastructure and utilities.

6.            Highway 11. Highway 11 could provide an alignment for wastewater pipelines, such as the potential pipeline between Warman/Osler and the Saskatoon wastewater collection system identified in the wastewater servicing section. Additionally, water distribution lines will be needed to service the urban growth areas directly to the east of the highway which could be located in this alignment.

7.            Saskatoon Freeway Northeast. The northeast section of the Saskatoon Freeway could be a critical infrastructure corridor for all types of utilities. This section of the freeway crosses both the South Saskatchewan River and swales northeast of Saskatoon, and co-locating infrastructure could reduce impacts to these sensitive areas.

8.            Saskatoon Freeway East. This section of the Saskatoon Freeway provides opportunities for siting local servicing, and could also provide part of the alignment for the major wastewater trunk line proposed to service the eastern portions of Saskatoon.

9.            Highway 41. Highway 41 will continue to be a key transportation route and includes a regional water pipeline into the RM of Aberdeen. Additionally, the topography of the area makes this alignment ideal for regional wastewater collection.

10.           8th Street East. The extension of 8th Street East to the east is noted as an extension of planned corridor development in the City of Saskatoon. This alignment could also be recognized as an important area-wide transportation corridor.

Regional Actions

Considering regional infrastructure needs and the potential for colocation of many of the major systems identified in this Strategy, the P4G Region should pursue the following actions for infrastructure corridors:

  • Support the use of local rights-of-way as regional corridors. There are several locations that could be used for regional corridors by P4G members. As they represent potential locations for a range of infrastructure systems, planning for these areas should be coordinated between multiple jurisdictions and stakeholders, including utility providers. These efforts should be managed or facilitated by P4G where applicable.
  • Coordinate with the province to use provincial highways for regional infrastructure. Many of the key locations for corridors identified are along existing provincial highways, which provides an opportunity to co-locate major infrastructure in a wider right-of-way. Infrastructure planning for these corridors, however, will require significant coordination with MHI to ensure that it aligns with current designs and planned expansions. P4G should cooperate where possible with MHI to promote this coordination and support. This should be a particular focus for discussions with the province regarding planning for the Saskatoon Freeway.
  • Coordinate long-term needs for other corridors with the province. Corridors identified in this Strategy provide for servicing under the time frame of this Plan, over the P4G study area. However, acquisition of land for future infrastructure may be required for both longer-term corridors and for regional servicing over a broader area. P4G should coordinate with provincial efforts to secure routes for these future corridors, and adjust the Regional Plan to consider future corridor alignments.