Highway 49

Res #: 14-21A
Number: 14
Year: 2021
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

WHEREAS Highway 49 extends from the Manitoba border westward 60 kms to Highway 9; and

WHEREAS Manitoba Highway 83 is a primary weight highway that connects to Highway 49 in Saskatchewan which is only a secondary weight highway; and

WHEREAS the most western 24 kms of Highway 49 is classified as primary weight due to a Minister’s Order but the remaining 36 kms remains secondary weight; and

WHEREAS there are no other viable primary weight highways to facilitate transportation towards the Yorkton area for a minimum of 32 townships in Saskatchewan and many more in Manitoba; and

WHEREAS in this agricultural basin the closest of two grain elevators are anywhere from 50 to 125 kms away.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Government of Saskatchewan, to upgrade and designate Highway 49 to a primary weight highway.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

May 14, 2021

MoH has been working hard to improve the infrastructure in Saskatchewan, but we know there is more work to do.

Currently, there are no plans to upgrade Highway 49 between the Manitoba border and Pelly to primary weight. There are currently two alternative primary weight routes available from Highway 83 in Manitoba to Highway 9 in Saskatchewan. One is via the designated CTP route to the north, and the other via Highway 57 to the south. Highway 49 road surface is deemed to be in fair/good condition, and traffic volumes are lower in comparison to Highway 57.

This secondary weight segment is identified in our prioritization system, but must compete with a substantial number of other potential projects across the province. MoH will continue to monitor the performance of this highway on a regular basis, address maintenance requirements, and reflect any changes in the condition of the roadway in prioritization process.

The Honourable Fred Bradshaw – Minister of Highways, Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure