WATCH: Hwy 11 being twinned between Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House

Sectional phased construction for the project is set to begin next year, says Premier Kenney

The stretch of Highway 11 between Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House is being twinned as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

It was announced the 66-kilometre stretch of the David Thompson Highway will undergo the $120 million project on the morning of July 17 at Foothills Energy Services Ltd.

Premier Jason Kenney was joined by Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation; Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks and Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture, as well as Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre and Mayor Tammy Burke from Rocky Mountain House.

“The twinning of Highway 11 is one of the many project’s that’s part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan that will get Albertans back to work and this project will kick start our local economy here in Sylvan Lake,” said Dreeshen, who is also the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.

The project is expected to create nearly 600 direct and indirect jobs.

Alberta’s recovery Plan is focused on agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, and tourism with the strategy set to benefit from infrastructure investments like the David Thompson Highway twinning, explained Dreeshen in his opening remarks.

“Many Albertans know about Sylvan Lake’s amazing beaches,” said Kenney, “… but that’s really just the start of the amazing [David] Thompson Highway experience.”

“There’s a great line from a movie and a novel, ‘if you build it, they will come,’ well we are building it and they will continue to come in bigger numbers.”

He explained there is “enormous potential” to expand all economic drivers in the area and Highway 11 is the backbone to support it.

Planning and design work for the project is starting immediately with construction beginning next year using a sectional phased approach.

Transportation Minister McIver says the project does three things and building the tourism industry is one of them.

The twinning also improves safety, which is the number one priority in transportation, and ensures the local industry so businesses in the area can easily get goods and commodities here and out, explained McIver.

“Twinning the David Thompson Highway shares in what Alberta has to offer and I’m excited about it,” he added.

Nixon, who also serves as MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, says the upgrades are a “win/win” for Albertans and the corridor between Rocky Mountain House and Sylvan Lake.

McIntyre says he and the Town is excited about the positive impact it will bring to the region.

“We’ve experienced what the twinning of Highway 11 from Red Deer to Sylvan Lake did for our community in terms of accessibility, safety and increased opportunities,” said McIntyre addressing the crowd. “The twinning of Highway 11 from Sylvan Lake to Rocky Mountain House is yet another step in our province’s continued growth.”

Updates to the intersection at 781 and Highway 11 entering Sylvan Lake are also included in the project, which he says, is something they are looking forward to.

There are no plans as to what the improvements will look like as of yet, but McIntyre says it will help the business community as well as increase flow help visitors access the town.

The project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure planning in Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

Additionally, Minister McIver says the frost heaves along the west-bound lane of Highway 11 between Red Deer and Sylvan Lake are being looked at in terms of making improvements in the future.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Front-line hospital workers have walked off the job at the Rimbey Hospital, and across the province. Photo Submitted
Front-line health care workers on strike across the province, including Rimbey Hospital

The strike is due to cut of 11,000 health care jobs in the province, according to AUPE

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed more than 1,000 cases over the weekend Monday afternoon. File photo
COVID-19: Central zone active cases up Monday

‘We’ve now crossed the tipping point,’ says Hinshaw

Sylvan Lake RCMP Detachment. Photo Courtesy of Google Maps
Sylvan Lake RCMP looking for input on policing concerns

Staff Sergeant Jeff McBeth wants to hear from local community members in the detachment area

Black Press file
The Yukon government is encouraging people to get the flu vaccine this year, saying that with COVID-19, it’s “more important than ever.”
Flu shots are available free of charge at pharmacies and doctors’ offices across the province

This year’s flu season presents an additional challenge as Alberta responds to COVID-19

Alberta has 3,651 active cases of COVID-19. (File photo)
432 new COVID cases sets another record Friday

Central zone holds steady at 126 active cases

Wetaskiwin Hospital staff join AUPE walk outs across the province Monday Oct. 26, 2020. Shaela Dansereau/ The Pipestone Flyer.
City of Wetaskiwin health-care workers strike in protest of province-wide cuts

Wetaskiwin Hospital staff join other front line hospital workers across the province in walk-outs.

The death of 19-year-old Jacob Michael Chitze of Edmonton has now been ruled a homicide following an ongoing RCMP investigation.
UPDATE: RCMP arrest youth for second degree murder of 19-year-old Jacob Chitze

Arrest made for the murder of Jacob Michael Chitze, 19.

Pumpkins for the 46th Annual WDACS Pumpkin Ball on display at Vision Credit Union Wetaskiwin. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
46th Annual Pumpkin Ball held virtually this year

This year the pumpkins were sold over a six-day online auction.

Comedic actor Seth Rogen, right, and business partner Evan Goldberg pose in this undated handout photo. When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. Rogen is determined to change that. (Maarten de Boer ohoto)
Seth Rogen talks about fighting cannabis stigma, why pot should be as accepted as beer

‘I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years’

Leader of the Opposition Erin O’Toole rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Thursday October 22, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
O’Toole tells Alberta UCP AGM Liberals were ‘late and confused’ on COVID response

He says Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has taken charge and not waited to make things happen

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives for an announcement at a news conference in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Inquiry into oil and gas foes to deliver report next year: Kenney

A lawsuit filed by environmental law firm Ecojustice argues the inquiry is politically motivated

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. More than 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since the border closed last March and fewer than one-quarter of them were ordered to quarantine while the rest were deemed “essential” and exempted from quarantining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Majority of international travellers since March deemed ‘essential’, avoid quarantine

As of Oct. 20, 3.5 million travellers had been deemed essential, and another 1.1 million were considered non-essential

This photo provided by Air Force Reserve shows a sky view of Hurricane Epsilon taken by Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter team over the Atlantic Ocean taken Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.   Epsilon’s maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly as it prepares to sideswipe Bermuda on a path over the Atlantic Ocean.  The National Hurricane Center says it should come close enough Thursday, Oct. 22, evening to merit a tropical storm warning for the island.  (Air Force Reserve via AP)
Hurricane Epsilon expected to remain offshore but will push waves at Atlantic Canada

Epsilon is not expected to have any real impact on land

Most Read