Moose Jaw City Council voted in favour of adopting the 2024 Transportation Master Plan during their meeting this week. 

The master plan looks at all modes of transportation from pedestrians and cyclists to passenger cars and commercial trucks. There is a focus on safety, operations and system capacity now and into the future. 

There are 71 recommendations in the master plan that are categorized as immediate, short, medium, long-term, and ongoing priorities. 

Asked whether passing the master plan would mean passing the recommendations, Director of Operations Bevan Harlton said no, each item will individually come back to city council for approval. 

“This approval wouldn’t come with any budget commitments or any commitment to the recommendations in the report. It is just putting council and administration on the same page to action it. What we’ll see next is requests and discussions at budget time, most likely based off of the plan,” Harlton told city council. 

Two of the major changes recommended in the master plan was converting Ninth Avenue Northwest to two-way left turning lanes similar to the turning lanes on First Avenue Northwest and a roundabout at the intersection of Thatcher Drive and Ninth Avenue Northeast. 

Coun. Dawn Luhning said she recently visited a friend in Kitchener, Ont., and they had roundabouts everywhere and they worked really well. 

“We’ve talked over the years about how these studies end up on a shelf somewhere collecting dust. I think we should talk about that and maybe in budget something like that can happen. I know we got all kinds of things coming at us moneywise, but I’ve seen it work in other cities and when that came up a couple weeks ago, I thought, wow, that’s a great idea,” Luhning said. 

For those against the roundabout, Coun. Heather Eby said it won’t be as bad as many will make it out to be. 

“I remember back when we had the motion come forward to actually put the four-way stop there and it was like ‘Oh my gosh, that will never work. We can’t do that. It would be the end of the world.’ It’s been fine. I think the same thing would happen with the roundabout,” she said. 

You can learn more about the Transportation Master Plan here. You can also read the entire plan here