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Highway 11 – from Highway 22 to Township Road 390

This study focuses on twinning the 41 kilometre section of Highway 11 between Highway 22 and Township Road 390 (east of Benalto).

Single lane highway near Medicine River looking east.

Single lane highway near Medicine River looking east.


This study focuses on the 41 kilometre section of Highway 11 between Highway 22 and Township Road 390 (east of Benalto). Highway 11 is an important route for the movement of people, goods, and services. It connects national parks and communities with over 5,000 residents, including Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House. CIMA Canada Inc. (CIMA+) will conduct the functional planning study on behalf of Alberta Transportation.

The highway often has limited passing opportunities. This study will identify and evaluate potential options and define a preferred twinning plan. The project will be built in phases:

  • Phase 1: the sections closer to Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House will be twinned first.
  • Phase 2: The remaining section—the largest and the focus of this study—will be twinned after the first phase is completed.

In summer 2020, Alberta Transportation announced the twinning of Highway 11 (David Thompson Highway) between Rocky Mountain House and Sylvan Lake. The David Thompson Highway leads to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Canada and is a popular route for the tourism industry. Twinning this highway will improve access for Albertans and visitors alike.

Image of highway study area


The functional plan for the study is expected to be complete by November 2022. The timelines for detailed design and construction have not been determined.


The study will address capacity issues and make recommendations to support safe and efficient travel, including safe highway access as this area continues to grow and develop. This project is estimated to support over 590 jobs.


Improving David Thompson Highway and creating jobs


Planning study

For further information about this planning study, please contact:

René Rosvold, P.Eng.
Deputy Project Manager
Phone: 403-775-0100, ext. 7620
Email: [email protected]

Highway 11 information

For other information about Highway 11, contact Alberta Transportation (Central Region):

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-340-5209
Toll free: dial 310-0000 before the number (in Alberta)
Email:  [email protected]
4th Floor Provincial Building
4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 6K8

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