Saskatchewan is a landlocked prairie province covering an area of over 588,000km2. The provincial highway system consists of over 26,000km of road. Add the municipal roads for a total of 190,000km, and Saskatchewan boasts the most kilometers of road of any province in Canada.
Cities in Saskatchewan (incomplete):
- Prince Albert
- Moose Jaw
- Swift Current
- North Battleford
Tagging guidelines for Saskatchewan
The following documents were referred to while developing these guidelines.
Highways and roads
A lot of effort has been spent by a few mappers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta to develop meaningful and consistent tags for our roads and highways. For more discussion of the rationale behind these guidelines please see Canada:Manitoba:Winnipeg.
- NHS Core Routes (See below)
- All other provincial highways (numbers 2-39 and 41, not including those already classified as trunk. Generally, these are class 1 roads drawn in red on the rural road class PDF linked above.).
- Provincial highways (numbers 40 and 42-99. Green or blue on rural road class PDF above.)
- Main routes through cities that are dual-carriageway with speed limits typically 60km/h or above even if they are not a highway route through the city.
- Provincial highways (numbers >= 100. Orange or pink on rural road class PDF.)
- Township roads, range roads, concession roads, and regional roads.
- Dominant roads in suburban areas generally with speed limits of 50 to 60km/h. (ex. for the residential road that is wider than others and leads to the traffic signal to leave the neighbourhood.)
- Normal roads in non-residential areas.
- Rural roads that are not part of the numbered highway system and grid roads. In Saskatchewan, grid roads are north/south or east/west roads spaced at 1 mile (1.6km) intervals. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominion_Land_Survey Make sure to tag gravel grid roads as surface=unpaved.
- Mark residential roads as residential. Consider promotion to tertiary were applicable.
- Use for roads that provide access to businesses and for alleys.
- Highways should get a surface tag indicating paved or unpaved. If there is no surface tag, the assumption is paved.
- Highways with one lane in each direction should be tagged as lanes=2, highways with two lanes in each direction should be tagged as lanes=4, etc. A divided highway with two lanes on each carriageway should have two separate ways, each tagged with lanes=2. If there is no lanes tag, the assumption is 2. This follows precisely the tagging procedure described at Key:lanes.
- All highways should have ref tags added indicating the highway/road number. Those that are named (e.g. the Trans-Canada highway, the Yellowhead, Louis Riel Trail) should also have name tags.
NHS Core Routes
The Core Routes, as defined by the National Highway System, for Saskatchewan are:
- Highway 1 from Manitoba to Alberta
- Highway 6,39 from Estevan/US Border to Regina
- Highway 7 from Saskatoon to Alberta
- Highway 11 from Saskatoon to Regina
- Highway 16 from Manitoba to Alberta
The Garmin MapSource (Windows) Installer file is available here http://www.mediafire.com/file/wd14gl2zgzj/OSM Routable Sask 30 April 2010.exe created from the OSM download of the outline of the province from http://downloads.cloudmade.com/north_america/canada/saskatchewan#downloads_breadcrumbs