(Photo from Highway 11 Functional Planning Study)

(Photo from Highway 11 Functional Planning Study)

Highway 11 twinning construction to start near Sylvan Lake in 2022

$120-million project to twin 66 kms to be built in four phases

Highway 11 twinning construction is expected to start south of Sylvan Lake next year.

The $120-million project to twin 66 kms of the highway between Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House is expected to be built in four phases.

Planning and design for the entire project is already underway. Shovels will first go into the ground on the project to add two more lanes from two km west of Highway 781 (50th Street) to one km east of Highway 20.

As part of the upgrade, two roundabouts will be built — one at the intersection of Highway 11 with Highway 781 and Range Road 15 (60th Street).

Premier Jason Kenney announced the twinning project in July 2020, saying it was part of the government’s $10-billion economic recovery plan.

The premier said the West Country is “blessed” with rich farmland and natural resources and has a growing tourism sector.

“There is enormous potential to expand all of these economic drivers, and the David Thompson Highway is the backbone to support that investment to create those future jobs and to generate the growth that will come along with it.”

Construction on the second phase — twinning Highway 11 from one km west of Township Road 390 near Benalto to two km west of Highway 781 — is expected to begin in 2023.

In 2024, construction will begin on the third phase. It will see the highway twinned from Rocky Mountain House to one km east of Highway 22.

The last section to be built stretches 41 km from Highway 22 to Township Road 390, just east of Benalto. Consultants CIMA Canada Inc. have already begun a functional planning study to lay the groundwork for that project.

“The study will identify and evaluate potential options and define a preferred twinning plan,” says Alberta Transportation on its website.

Consultants will be assessing the conditions and possible constraints along the route as well as getting feedback about potential issues or concerns from property owners and residents along the route. How the project fits in with the existing provincial road network and future needs will also be part of the study.

A target date has not yet been set for the final and longest link in the twinning. The twinning project is expected to create about 600 jobs.

The twinning project was approved after Alberta Transportation determined it was necessary after evaluating safety issues, traffic volumes and economic development opportunities. About 6,800 vehicles a day use the highway west of TownshipRoad 390 and about 5,400 west of Eckville.

For more information go to: www.alberta.ca/highway-11-twinning-project.aspx.

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