Idylwyld Drive

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Idylwyld Drive
Former name(s) Avenue A
Maintained by City of Saskatoon
Length 8.46 km[1] (5.26 mi)
Location Saskatoon
Coordinates 52°07′11″N 106°40′08″W / 52.1197°N 106.6690°W / 52.1197; -106.6690Coordinates: 52°07′11″N 106°40′08″W / 52.1197°N 106.6690°W / 52.1197; -106.6690
South end Circle Drive S
Major
junctions
8th Street
22nd Street
Circle Drive N
Hwy 16 (TCH)
Hwy 11
North end Auction Mart Road
Construction
Inauguration 1966

Idylwyld Drive (/ˈdəlwld/ EYE-del-wild) is an arterial road in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It is one of the main roads in and out of the downtown area of the city.

On the south side of the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge, it is a freeway and is also known as the Idylwyld Freeway. It eventually turns into Circle Drive, just east of Prairieland Park. At its north end the road divides into two highways, Highway 11 and Highway 12.

The oldest section of Idylwyld Drive used to be known as Avenue A, the easternmost of the "lettered" north-south streets (continuing westward to Avenue Y). In 1966, the Canadian National Railway tracks were relocated out of the downtown; the former railway bridge was demolished and replaced by a traffic bridge; and the former railroad right-of-way south of the river was made into the Idylwyld Freeway. The freeway crossed the river at the bridge and connected at 20th Street to Avenue A, renamed Idylwyld Drive. Two blocks of Avenue A still exist south of 20th Street, as a small remnant.[2][3]

As with the city's other major transitional arterials, 22nd Street West and 8th Street East, Idylwyld Drive features a mixture of uses. At its southern end, on the border of the Central Business District and Riverdale's business areas, commercial uses dominate. North of 25th Street, residential dominates the west side of the street, with a mix of hotels, motels, schools and institutional uses, including the city's main campus of SIAST. North of 33rd Street, a mix of single-family residential and commercial is featured until approximately 36th Street, at which point the road becomes a commercial district. North of Circle Drive, the street elevates to freeway status and passes through suburban commercial and industrial regions until it exits the city.

Exits and intersections[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

Location km[4] mi Destinations Notes
Saskatoon 0.0 0.0  Circle Drive (Hwy 11 / Hwy 16 (TCH)) – Yorkton, Regina No access from eastbound Circle Drive.
1.2 0.75 Lorne Avenue (Hwy 219 south) / Ruth Street Four ramps together form a complete interchange. Access is provided via the side streets Adelaide Street, St. George Avenue, and Vernon Avenue.
2.1 1.3 Taylor Street Northbound entrance only.
3.2 2.0 8th Street / Lorne Avenue Southbound exit, northbound entrance.
3.9 2.4 Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge over South Saskatchewan River
4.0 2.5 1st Avenue – City Centre Northbound exit, southbound entrance.
4.3 2.7 Avenue A to 19th Street Southbound exit only.
Freeway ends; becomes arterial road with many at-grade intersections and property entrances.
4.4 2.7 20th Street Traffic signals
4.7 2.9 22nd Street to Hwy 7 / Hwy 14 west – Rosetown, Biggar Traffic signals
5.0 3.1 Jamieson Street W / 23rd Street E to Hwy 5 east – Humboldt Traffic signals
5.1 3.2 24th Street Traffic signals
5.2 3.2 25th Street to Hwy 5 Traffic signals
5.6 3.5 29th Street Traffic signals
6.4 4.0 33rd Street Traffic signals; access to Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST Kelsey Campus)
6.9 4.3 36th Street Traffic signals
7.4 4.6 39th Street Traffic signals
Expressway resumes
7.9 4.9 Circle Drive (Hwy 11 / Hwy 16) – Airport Diamond interchange
Hwy 11 / Hwy 16 (TCH) concurrency begins.
9.2 5.7 Avenue C south / 51st Street east – Airport Parclo A4 interchange
10.4 6.5 Hwy 16 (TCH) west – The Battlefords, Edmonton Northbound exit, southbound entrance
Hwy 16 concurency ends; continues as Hwy 11
12.0 7.5 Marquis Drive Traffic signals
Southbound access to Hwy 16 (TCH) west
12.8 8.0 71st Street (Auction Mart Road) Stop signs on 71st Street
Corman Park No. 344 13.0 8.1 Hwy 11 north – Warman, Prince Albert
Hwy 12 north – Martensville, Blaine Lake
Northbound exit, southbound entrance
Continues as Hwy 12 north.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gmaps Pedometer
  2. ^ Jeff, O'Brien (2005). "Saskatoon Chronology: 1882-2005" (PDF). City of Saskatoon – Archives. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  3. ^ "A View From Above – Key to Landmarks". City of Saskatoon – Archives. 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  4. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 18 April 2016.