Manitoba Highway 16

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Trans-Canada Highway 16 shieldYellowhead shield

Highway 16
Yellowhead Highway
Route information
Length: 273 km (170 mi)
Existed: 1928 – present
Major junctions
West end: Saskatchewan border near Harrowby
continues west as Hwy 16 (TCH) toward Yorkton and Saskatoon

PTH 83
PTH 45
PTH 41
PTH 42
PTH 21
PTH 10
PTH 34

PTH 50
East end: PTH 1 / PR 305 west of Portage La Prairie
Towns: Russell, Binscarth, Shoal Lake, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Gladstone
Highway system

Manitoba provincial highways

PTH 15 PTH 16A

Provincial Trunk Highway 16 (PTH 16) is a provincial highway in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is the Manitoba section of the Yellowhead Highway, and also the Trans-Canada Highway Yellowhead section. The main purpose of this highway is to connect Winnipeg with other Canadian cities such as Saskatoon and Edmonton. The highway runs from Bloom at an intersection with the Trans Canada Highway and Provincial Road 305 10 km west of Portage la Prairie to the Saskatchewan boundary 16 km west of Russell, where it continues as Saskatchewan Highway 16.

The highway is two lanes through Manitoba, with two small divided sections at the north and south junctions with PTH 10 around Minnedosa, which it runs in concurrence with just west of the town. Twinning and upgrading to expressway status is being planned in the future.

Alternate routes[edit]


The route was known as PTH 4 until 1977, when it was renumbered to allow the entire length of the Yellowhead Highway to retain the number 16 designation across all four provinces of western Canada.

Between 1966 and 1977, PTH 16 was the designation of the route connecting Fisher Branch to PTH 7 near Fraserwood.[1] This route is now designated as PTH 17.

The highway has had some reconfigurations in its time. When the highway first appeared on the 1928 Manitoba Highway Map,[2] the highway's eastern terminus with PTH 1 was located in Portage la Prairie. From Portage la Prairie, the road traveled north following the current PR 240 to Mile 71N (formerly PR 249). The highway would then turn west and rejoin its current configuration just south of Macdonald.[3] The junction was moved to its current location in 1950,[4] and the old section was designated as PTH 4A between 1953 and 1965.[5]

In the Minnedosa area, the section of highway from PTH 16A and PR 262 to Franklin Road (formerly PR 466 north) was constructed and opened to traffic in 1948. Prior to this, the highway turned north for two kilometres and then west past the hamlet of Franklin to Minnedosa, meeting PTH 10 south at the town limits. It then shared the highway to a point three kilometres north of its current junction with PTH 10 north at what is now the turnoff to the Ski Valley Recreation Area. PTH 4 would then turn west and rejoin the current configuration just east of Basswood.[6] The current section of PTH 16 between its current northbound/westbound junction with PTH 10 and Basswood was constructed and opened to traffic in 1953.[7]

After these reconfigurations, PTH 4 met southbound PTH 10 two kilometres south of Minnedosa and then shared the highway through the town along what is now PTH 16A to its current northbound/westbound junction. The highway was extended two kilometers farther west in 1971 to its current junction with southbound PTH 10 with the construction of the Minnedosa bypass.[8]

The current section between Shoal Lake and the southbound junction of PTH 83 was constructed and opened to traffic in 1958. Prior to this, PTH 4 would meet PTH 21 in Shoal Lake (northbound PTH 21 ended at this point). The highway would continue west along what is now PTH 42 to meet PTH 83 south at Birtle. The two highways would then run in concurrence from Birtle to the current junction seven kilometers east of Foxwarren, where it would then rejoin its current configuration.[9]

Junction list[edit]

This is the travel route for Provincial Trunk Highway 16 (PTH 16) from west to east:

km Municipality Location Interescting highway Notes
0 Saskatchewan - Manitoba border Hwy 16 (TCH) west – Langenburg, Yorkton, Wynyard, Saskatoon Manitoba leg of Yellowhead Highway begins
3 Municipality of Russell – Binscarth Harrowby Road PTH 16 descends into the Assiniboine River valley; highway travels through valley for 3km
16 Russell PTH 83 north – Roblin, Benito, Swan River begin PTH 83 south concurrence
17 PTH 45 east – Rossburn, Oakburn, Erickson PTH 16/83 turns south
20 PR 579 west – Millwood
23 Mile 112N formerly PR 479 east
33 Binscarth PR 478Inglis, Silverton, Spy Hill, Esterhazy
35 PTH 41 south – St. Lazare, McAuley, Kirkella PTH 16/83 turns southeast
37 R.M. of Ellice – Archie /
Municipality of Russell – Binscarth
PR 359 east – Rossburn
49 Prairie View Municipality Foxwarren PR 475 west PTH 16/83 turns east
56 PTH 83 south – Birtle, Miniota, Virden end PTH 83 south concurrence
60 PR 476 north – Angusville
68 PR 472 south – Solsgirth formerly PR 474 south
78 PR 264 north – Rossburn begin PR 264 south concurrence
PR 264 was formerly PR 254
82 R.M. of Yellowhead PR 264 south – Decker, Crandall end PR 264 south concurrence
88 Vista Road formerly PR 472 north
95 Shoal Lake PTH 42 west – Birtle, St. Lazare
96 PTH 21 – Oakburn, Hamiota, Hartney
103 Green Bluff Road / Menzie Road formerly PR 470
110 Strathclair PR 354 south – Oak River begin PR 354 north concurrence
114 PR 354 north – Elphinstone end PR 354 north concurrence
124 R.M. of Harrison Park Newdale PR 250 south – Rivers begin PR 250 north concurrence
126 PR 250 north – Sandy Lake end PR 250 north concurrence
127 Mile 91N formerly PR 473 east
139 R.M. of Oakview Basswood PR 270 – Rackham, Rapid City route was PTH 27 south prior to 1966
149 R.M. of Minto – Odanah Minnedosa PTH 10 north – Erickson, Wasagaming, Dauphin
PTH 16A east – Minnedosa
PTH 16 turns south
begin PTH 10 south concurrence
151 PR 355 – Minnedosa, Cardale PR 355 east enters Minnedosa as 6th Avenue NW
155 PTH 10 south – Brandon, Boissevain, International Peace Garden PTH 16 turns east
end PTH 10 south concurrence
157 PTH 16A north / PR 262 – Minnedosa
169 PR 466 south
171 R.M. of North Cypress – Langford Franklin Road formerly PR 466 north
177 PR 464 south – Brookdale
187 Neepawa PTH 5 north – McCreary, Ste. Rose du Lac, Dauphin begin PTH 5 south concurrence
188 PTH 5 south – Carberry, Glenboro, Cartwright end PTH 5 south concurrence
formerly PR 258 south
203 Municipality of Glenella – Lansdowne PR 352 – Birnie, Arden, Edrans, Sidney
215 Municipality of WestLake – Gladstone PR 260 north – Plumas
225 Gladstone PTH 34 south – Austin, Holland, Pilot Mound Pembroke Rd. (formerly PR 460 north) also intersects here
237 Woodside PR 350 south – Katrime, MacGregor
245 PTH 50 north – Langruth, Alonsa, McCreary
252 Westbourne PR 242 south – Bagot, Treherne, Somerset begin PTH 242 north concurrence
254 PR 242 north – Lynch’s Point end PR 242 north concurrence
256 R.M. of Portage la Prairie PR 227 east – Warren
266 Macdonald
267 Mile 71N formerly PR 249 east
PTH 16 turns south towards PTH 1
273 Bloom PTH 1 (TCH) – Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Brandon, Virden, Regina
PR 305 south – Hood Bridge, St. Claude
PTH 16 ends; road continues south as PR 305
unnumbered Yellowhead Highway turns east and follows PTH 1 to Winnipeg


  1. ^ "The Province of Manitoba Official Highway Map; 1968". Infrastructure and Transportation, Province of Manitoba. 
  2. ^ "The Province of Manitoba Official Highway Map; 1928". Infrastructure and Transportation, Province of Manitoba. 
  3. ^ "The Province of Manitoba Official Highway Map; 1947-1948". Infrastructure and Transportation, Province of Manitoba. 
  4. ^ "The Province of Manitoba Official Highway Map; 1950". Infrastructure and Transportation, Province of Manitoba. 
  5. ^ "The Province of Manitoba Official Highway Map; 1960". Infrastructure and Transportation, Province of Manitoba. 
  6. ^ "The Province of Manitoba Official Highway Map; 1948-1949". Infrastructure and Transportation, Province of Manitoba. 
  7. ^ "The Province of Manitoba Official Highway Map; 1953". Infrastructure and Transportation, Province of Manitoba. 
  8. ^ "The Province of Manitoba Official Highway Map; 1961". Infrastructure and Transportation, Province of Manitoba. 
  9. ^ "The Province of Manitoba Official Highway Map; 1971". Infrastructure and Transportation, Province of Manitoba. 

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