The province is twinning a 66-kilometre stretch of Hwy 11, the David Thompson Highway between Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House.
This $120-million project is part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan and will create about 582 jobs, while upgrading the highway and improving traffic flow along this important recreation corridor.
“Alberta’s government is taking every possible step to get folks back to work. Infrastructure upgrades like this will create jobs today, while ensuring our roads and highways can support the needs of Albertans for years to come,” said Premier Jason Kenney Friday.
“Ultimately, this will create more opportunities for Albertans and visitors alike to access the natural beauty and hospitality of our province.”
The David Thompson Highway project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan. This spending includes: $6.9 billion Budget 2020 capital spending, $980 million accelerated for Capital Maintenance and Renewal, $200 million for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program and water infrastructure projects, $600 million in strategic infrastructure projects, $500 million in municipal infrastructure and $1.5 billion for Keystone XL.
About 5,800 vehicles use this section of Highway 11 each day.
It will address the congestion at the 781 intersection that continues to plague the area and, frankly, is long overdue,” said Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, and MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.
“Most importantly, this project will create jobs right here in central Alberta at a time when Albertans need it most.”
Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks, and MLA for Rimbey- Rocky Mountain House- Sundre, said this project represents major progress on transportation infrastructure that will positively impact many communities in Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre.
“Twinning the highway will ensure this gateway to the Rockies is upgraded for use for generations to come – boosting tourism, shoring up industry supply chains and allowing Albertans to explore what I consider the most beautiful area in the province.”
This project is anticipated to support 344 direct and 248 indirect jobs.
Alberta’s government is helping create more than 50,000 jobs for Albertans by building schools, roads and other core infrastructure that benefits Albertans and communities. It will further diversify our economy by helping sectors grow and succeed and return investment to our province by ensuring we have the most competitive tax environment in Canada.
Sylvan Lake and the David Thompson Country region are popular summer vacation destinations.
Design work will start in 2020 with construction activities getting underway in the 2021 construction season following land acquisition. A project of this scope typically takes about four years to build. The project will be completed in phases over the following several construction seasons.