The Alberta Government announced it has built two roundabouts and completed the twinning of Highway 11 south of Sylvan Lake.
Opening intersections into Sylvan Lake from Highway 11 has been a long-standing desire for local residents. Safety concerns plagued the area and businesses suffered from a lack of direct, safe access into the community.
“Not having direct access from Highway 11 into Sylvan Lake was a top issue for local residents. Having no access hurt businesses and commuters in and out of town. Twice a day, folks would have to needlessly drive around a loop to get downtown or to school. This project opens up Sylvan Lake, improves emergency vehicle response times and will make these intersections safe,” said Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors and MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.
Highway 11, also known as the David Thompson Highway, leads to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Canada and is a popular tourist route. This highway also supports key industry supply chains and serves as an important economic corridor for the movement of goods and services through the region.
The remaining work will be completed in phases. Design and engineering work continues on the remaining three projects and construction is expected to continue in 2023.
- Construction on the first section, at a cost of $15 million, began in May 2022 and included:
- Twinning a four-kilometre section between two kilometres west of Highway 781 and one kilometre west of Highway 20.
- Adding roundabouts at the following Highway 11 intersections:
- Highway 781 (50 Street in Sylvan Lake)
- Range Road 15 (60 Street in Sylvan Lake)
Featured image: Sylvan Lake Mayor Megan Hanson and Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors Devin Dreeshen celebrate the completion of the first phase of Hwy 11 twinning. (Government of Alberta)