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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 project will be built in phases; the sections closer to Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House will be twinned first. The remaining section – the largest and the focus of this study – will be twinned after the first 2. See the attached map of the study area (JPG, 275 KB).
A functional planning study is the first step in understanding the needs for any future highway upgrading. The study will identify and evaluate potential options and define a preferred twinning plan. Construction for the twinning of Highway 11 between Highway 22 and Township Road 390 (east of Benalto) is not on the provincial construction program at this time. Timelines for construction have not yet been determined.
CIMA Canada Inc. (CIMA+) will conduct the functional planning study on behalf of Alberta Transportation. The study will:
- assess existing conditions and constraints along the corridor
- identify issues and concerns for people whose property is adjacent to the highway
- examine the highway’s role and performance in the provincial road network
- consider future needs and develop a plan to meet those needs
The study will identify the impacts of all proposed changes to the highway, including land, environmental resources and utilities, among others.
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.
- Information gathering
- Stakeholder input
- Technical investigation
- Develop alternatives
- Create options
- Technical analysis
- Compare alternatives
- Benefit and cost analysis
- Impact assessment
- Select preferred plan
- Municipal and stakeholder input
- Technical analysis
- Recommended plan
- Municipal support
- Plan approval
- Design, right-of-way purchase and coordination of utility relocations
*Timelines for construction have not yet 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.
Highway 11 Functional Planning Study Fact Sheet (PDF, 408 KB)
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For other information about Highway 11, contact Alberta Transportation (Central Region):
4th Floor Provincial Building
4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6K8
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