The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure has released its latest Traffic Volume Map, and it shows that the highways in southeast Saskatchewan continue to have a lot of traffic.
The data was recorded but it takes some time to compile and release, as it includes daily traffic numbers for hundreds of locations on highways throughout the province. It also shows how busy many highways are at city limits.
The busiest highway in the Estevan area is Highway 39 east of the city, with 5,900 vehicles a day at the area where the double lanes begin. That number drops down to 5,420 vehicles per day east of the junction of Highway 39 and the Shand Access Road, and then 4,850 vehicles per day prior to the junction of Highways 39 and 18.
It marked the first time a daily traffic tally has been taken for the double lane portion of Highway 39, since that project was completed in November 2017.
Further along, there were 1,410 vehicles per day near the Roche Percee access road, and 980 per day at the Canada-U.S. border.
Highway 39 west of the city limits is at 2,730 vehicles, and 3,490 vehicles per day west of the junction of the truck bypass.
The traffic doesn’t dissipate a lot moving further from Estevan, as it consistently hovers around the 2,800 mark, and was at 2,790 vehicles per day around Midale.
As for the truck bypass itself, its busiest point is 2,310 vehicles per day east of the junction with Highway 47. The lowest point is 1,270 vehicles per day near the west junction with Highway 39. There were 1,690 per day at the east junction.
Highway 47 north of the city limits is at 2,650 vehicles per day, and 2,740 per day north of the truck bypass, which makes it the busiest spot for Highway 47 in the province.
Moving closer to Stoughton, it was at 1,960 per day at the junction of Highways 361 and 47, and at 1,450 south of Stoughton.
As for the area south of the city, Highway 47 sits at 1,250 vehicles at the south city limits, and 160 per day at the Canada-U.S. border crossing.
Highway 18 just west of Estevan had 1,910 vehicles and 1,180 a day west of the Boundary Dam Power Station access road. It dropped to 570 per day near Torquay and 470 per day west of Oungre.
Highway 18 east of Estevan and Highway 13 from Stoughton to the Manitoba border continue to have lots of traffic, too. Highway 18 had 2,380 vehicles per day near Oxbow, making it one of the busiest portions of Highway 18 in the province. In fact, the highway hovered between 2,380 vehicles and 1,990 vehicles each day from Bienfait to Oxbow, and remained above 1,400 vehicles heading into Carnduff.
Highway 13 peaked in the southeast from Stoughton to Carlyle, with 1,470 to 2,710 vehicles each day, and 1,500 to 2,100 per day from Carlyle to Redvers.
Highway 9 from Alameda to Moose Mountain provincial Park continues to see lots of activity as well, with anywhere from 1,750 per day at Alameda to 2,490 per day north of Carlyle. And Highway 361 near Lampman has 1,040 per day on the east town limits and 1,120 per day on the west town limits.