There will be a new two-lane roundabout at the intersection of Highway 20 and Memorial Trail in Sylvan Lake to accommodate increased traffic and development in the area.
Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors made the announcement on Tuesday along with Sylvan Lake Mayor Megan Hanson.
The aim of the project is to improve safety and increase capacity to accommodate more volume and larger vehicles.
“As our economy continues to grow, Alberta’s government remains committed to ensuring our provincial highways are safe and efficient,” Dreeshen said.
“This new roundabout near Sylvan Lake will improve the driving experience in this area and relieve pressure on the highway by keeping traffic moving. It will also make it possible for farmers to move their equipment along this section of the highway.”
The full project includes removing the existing intersection, relocating utilities, constructing a detour road and building the two-lane roundabout. Design is underway with construction expected to begin and end in 2024.
Alberta’s government is funding the project and the Town of Sylvan Lake will build it.
“We are thrilled about the improvements at the Memorial Trail and Highway 20 intersection,” Hanson said.
“The new roundabout brings improved traffic flow and safety. A customized design addresses both the difficult location at the crest of the hill and the poor sight lines. The changes will result in fewer collisions for all highway users.
“Future plans include a pedestrian crossing that connects a multi-use trail between the town and Red Deer County. I look forward to seeing the positive impact the roundabout has on Sylvan Lake and the surrounding communities.”
The Town of Sylvan Lake completed an intersection assessment in 2019, which recommended a roundabout over traffic lights.
Tendering, land acquisition, a detour road and various utility works are expected to begin in 2023.
Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors has invested more than $15 million in the Highway 11 twinning project south of Sylvan Lake that included two roundabouts – one at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 781, and one at the intersection of Highway 11 and Range Road 15.
Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors also recently invested more than $4.5 million in reconstructing sections of Highway 11 that had been affected by frost heave issues east of Sylvan Lake.