Transportation planning studies evaluate the safety and efficiency of highways and will usually identify future traffic needs. They are often the first step in a process aimed at improving highways, service roads, overpasses, bypasses, etc. Planning studies are usually conducted by a third party engineering consultant and always include public consultation.
The City of Prince Albert, Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, RM of Buckland and RM of Prince Albert hired consulting engineers Stantec and McNair Business Development to collect public input and other data for the Prince Albert Area Second River Crossing Study. The Prince Albert Grand Council also participated in this study.
Highway 1 is one of the most heavily-travelled highway corridors in Saskatchewan, providing the province with access to key Canadian markets and broader national and international logistics centres. East of Regina, Highway 1 also serves as the primary access to the city for several bedroom communities in the area.
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure holds Open Houses to provide information to and gain feedback from members of the public on potential highway improvements.