NWT Ferry Closure Update

FORT SIMPSON (October 23, 2015) – The M.V. Lafferty Ferry near Fort Simpson on Highway 1 is operating normal hours from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. daily.

The Department of Transportation (DoT) reminds travelers to complete essential movements of goods as soon as possible. The Lafferty Ferry could be shut down within a week, or even sooner, if the conditions warrant a closure.

The long range forecast predicts colder temperatures and with the continuing receding water levels the ferry will have to be closed if the ice conditions continue to increase and the water levels are not sufficiently high to safely cross the river.

Ice conditions and water levels will be monitored on a regular basis and the Department will advise users should conditions change. The Department of Transportation will attempt to provide an update three days and 24 hours prior to the actual closing date; however, rapidly deteriorating conditions may not permit such prior notice.

The M.V. Johnny Berens Ferry near Wrigley on Highway 1 is operating normal hours from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.

It is strongly recommended essential movements of goods by residents be completed as soon as possible. The Johnny Berens ferry could close within a week or sooner if the conditions warrant a closure.

With colder temperatures predicted and water levels continuing to recede, the ferry will have to be closed if the ice conditions continue to increase and water levels are not high enough for the ferry to safely cross the river.

The Department of Transportation will continue to monitor the ice conditions and water levels on a regular basis and will advise users should the conditions change. The Department will attempt to update the public three days and 24 hours prior to the actual closing date; however, rapid deteriorating conditions may not permit such notice.

Media inquiries:

Nick Hurst
Communications Officer
Department of Transportation
Tel: 867-767-9082 ext. 31045
Email: nick_hurst@gov.nt.ca