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Several Highway Infrastructure Projects Coming During Summer Months

The GNWT will be launching several major highway construction projects in the coming months.

The highways of the NWT are regularly being worked on to make sure that they remain as safe as possible all year round. This year, the GNWT is using $82.8 million for all kinds of infrastructure projects, with $62.8 million being used specifically for highway, bridge and culvert planning, design, and construction.

Collectively, this summer season is expected to see up to 195 kilometres of highway, four bridges/culverts, and three access roads receive some kind of construction. Most of the projects are funded jointly by the GNWT and the Government of Canada through funding programs that improve community infrastructure for rural and northern communities.

The Mackenzie Highway is currently having rehabilitation work done, including embankment widening and drainage improvement. This project first began in September of 2021, and is expected to wrap up in August.

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A Chipseal Overlay project will begin along the Hay River highway, and the Yellowknife Highway will be receiving surface repairs at several sections. Both of these projects will begin in June

Various repairs along Highway 4 are expected to be completed in Augustn and chipseal repairs will begin in June. Highway 5 will also be receiving chipseal repairs in June.

Highway 7 will be wrapping up various rehabilitation projects in August, and Highway 8 will begin reconstruction in June.

Highway 10 will see reconstruction of ITH, including washboard & soft shoulder rehabilitation and raising of low-profile sections. This project is expected to run from June to September.

The Dettah Access Road will have chipseal overlay done in June, and work will begin on various improvements to the Liard Access Road in November.

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Several bridges across the Territory will also either be cleaned or replaced this summer.

Drivers are reminded to plan for extra travel time, watch for highway crews and equipment, slow down in all construction zones and obey signs and flag persons.

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