Province to begin Yorkton, Sask. regional transportation study

Yorkton’s growth over the last 10 years has led to the province holding an open house to try and understand what the area needs for better transportation.

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, the City of Yorkton and the RM of Wallace and Orkney are partnering to complete a long-range transportation study for the area.

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The government says the Yorkton Regional Transportation study will help provincial and municipal officals better understand the transportation needs for the area. Residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the study in an upcoming open house.

“Yorkton is one of the fastest growing areas of the province and enjoys the third-largest trading region,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.

“We are pleased to partner with the city and RMs of Wallace and Orkney to plan for the future infrastructure needs of the Yorkton region.”

The study will include a review of the local road network, as well as the potential for changing traffic patterns and road requirements based on economic and population forecasts.

Traffic counts have also been collected and a regional transportation demand model will also be developed to help generate traffic forecasts and attempt to identify future traffic patterns.

The results will be a long range plan with road network options.

“Yorkton has experienced substantial growth over the past 10 years and is the regional economic hub for an estimated trading area of 200,000 individuals in East Central Saskatchewan and Western Manitoba,” Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney said.

“Discussions with our business community indicate a need to improve transportation efficiencies in Yorkton and surrounding municipalities to continue to meet growing economic needs in the region.”

The open house will be held in the Ravine Room at the Gallagher Centre at 455 Broadway Street W on Tuesday, July 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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