Winter road update: Mackenzie and Sambaa K’e closed, Tlicho roads open at night only

A photo from the Wrigley to Tulita leg of the Mackenzie Valley Winter. (Supplied by Department of Infrastructure.)
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Winter roads across the NWT are being affected by spring-like temperatures causing rapid snow and ice melt.

The Mackenzie Valley winter road closed to all traffic Wednesday morning. The Department of Infrastructure say they are working on a plan to help residents of the Sahtu who will be unable to return to their communities because of the road closure.

The Sambaa K’e winter road has also closed for the season.

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Travel on Tlicho winter roads is still open, only for travel between the hours of 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. The Tlicho government is warning travellers to use extra caution and watch for equipment working on the winter roads this week. “Higher temperatures will likely cause slippery conditions on lakes and portages.”

Residents in Wekweeti have been waiting for their winter road to open. The Department of Infrastructure says the road opened Wednesday night, for night travel only.

The infrastructure department is deterring anyone from driving on closed winter roads, reminding drivers of a hefty fine if they disobey the rules. “It is unsafe and illegal to drive on a closed winter road. The fine for operating on a closed seasonal road is $863.”

Up-to-date road conditions are available here.

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