Spring thaw reveals dangerous NWT road conditions

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Yellowknife, NWT – The GNWT’s Department of Transportation is advising drivers to use caution as melting ice and snow uncovers some pretty rough roads in the Northwest Territories.

Director of Highways Kevin McLeod with the DOT says it’s no worse than any other year and drivers should slow down to avoid losing control and damaging their vehicles.

McLeod says he’s aware social media is buzzing about the state of the roads, particularly the new Highway 4 Bypass around Giant Mine.

“It is a new road and it’s three quarters of the way through construction so it doesn’t have its surfacing topping material, so that’s why people are seeing the rutting and the wash boarding. Lots of people are driving big trucks and trailers and all those wheels are turning, and causing the rutting and wash boarding.”

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McLeod says the department wants to know about specific trouble spots.

“Anytime we get alerted either by phone, email or anything, we send a crew out there to mark it, assess it and then return with the proper equipment in order to correct it.”

McLeod says people have to remember the DOT is responsible for more than two thousand kilometres of roads in the NWT.

He says repairs will be made as quickly as resources allow.

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