The numbers are out for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure’s Traffic Volume Map for 2017, and they show the highways in southeast Saskatchewan remain busy.
According to the map, the busiest stretch of highway in southeast Saskatchewan, not surprisingly, is Highway 39 east of Estevan, with 5,980 per day west of the Shand Access Road, and 5,220 daily east of the Shand road.
The traffic tally would have been taken before double lanes opened from east of Estevan to east of the junction with Highways 39 and 18 in November 2017.
The traffic on Highway 39 tails off east of the junction with Highway 18, as there were 1,395 vehicles per day near the Roche Percee Access Road, and 1,030 vehicles a day at the North Portal border crossing.
North Portal still has the most daily traffic of any border crossing in Saskatchewan.
Highway 39 from Estevan to Weyburn is still busy, with 4,020 vehicles per day northwest of Estevan. That number dropped down to 2,560 each day near Midale, before increasing to 3,980 near Weyburn.
The truck bypass north of the city peaked at 1,330 vehicles per day between Highway 47 and Kensington Avenue.
Northwest of Weyburn, the traffic counts ranged from 3,790 vehicles per day near the city and dipped down to about 2,790 per day near Lang.
There were more than 4,000 vehicles per day on Highway 6 south of Regina. The government has embarked on a multi-year program to construct passing lanes on Highways 39 and 6 from Estevan to Regina, with two sets of passing lanes constructed on Highway 6 south of the Saskatchewan capital.
Passing lanes will be built on Highway 39 between Estevan and Weyburn in 2019.
Highway 18 also has steady traffic east of the junction with Highway 39. In fact, the highest traffic volumes on Highway 18 in Saskatchewan are east of Estevan.
Traffic numbers peaked at 2,290 vehicles per day near Oxbow, and 2,240 vehicles each day near Bienfait. The traffic volumes dropped down to 1,740 vehicles a day near Carnduff.
Highway 18 was at 2,000 vehicles per day west of Estevan, and at 600 vehicles per day near Torquay, a stretch of road that was resurfaced earlier this year.
Traffic volumes for Highway 47 in Saskatchewan peaked north of Estevan, with 2,380 vehicles every day north of the truck bypass. The traffic tailed off as one drove closer to Stoughton, with 1,640 vehicles per day south of the town and 880 vehicles per day north of the community.
Highway 47 south of the city stood at 1,000 vehicles, and at 160 per day at the Port of Estevan border crossing.
Highway 13 from Stoughton to the Manitoba border also had a lot of activity, peaking at 2,700 vehicles per day west of Carlyle. The numbers for Carlyle rate among the highest in the province for Highway 13. But there were also 2,000 vehicles each day east of Stoughton and 2,230 vehicles daily near Arcola.
East of Carlyle, there were 1,540 vehicles a day near Redvers.
Highway 9 at Alameda recorded 1,850 vehicles every day, and the number swelled to 2,420 vehicles per day south of Carlyle, and 2,610 vehicles each day north of the town.
Highway 361 had its highest activity level west of Lampman, with 1,120 vehicles each day.