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No Highway 11 Stonebridge interchange until at least 2016

Stonebridge residents will have to wait until at least 2016 for access to the neighbourhood from a Highway 11 interchange.
Stonebridge residents will have to wait until at least 2016 for access to the neighbourhood from a Highway 11 interchange. Luke Banville / Global News

SASKATOON – Residents in Stonebridge will have to wait until 2016 for an interchange to be complete. Currently there are only two access roads in and out of the neighbourhood.

City administration and Dream Development, which developed the neighbourhood, will split the $19-million cost of an interchange on Highway 11 towards Regina.

The transportation department has identified the need for a southbound direct access from the neighbourhood to the highway. Since this wasn’t in the original development agreement, the entire $3.7 million cost would belong to the city.

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Estimates show it would be used by 50-100 vehicles per day making city administration and councillors hesitant. Peter Voldeng, a Stonebridge resident said the city needs to think long term.

“With some of the First Nations development areas around Grasswood and as well as the industrial complex that has been announced in Dundurn, we will see more and more people travelling south,” said Voldeng.

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Voldeng and Ward Coun. Mairin Loewen expressed regret about the lengthy timeline of the project.