Public Notice: NWT Ferry Closure Update

FORT SIMPSON (October 18, 2016) – The Department of Transportation would like to advise the public that the M.V. Lafferty ferry near Fort Simpson on Highway 1 is on 72-hour notice for closure. The ferry will continue to operate during normal hours from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. daily, with a closure possible sooner than 72 hours depending on conditions.

Though water levels continue to drop, the Department hopes to keep the Lafferty operating as long as possible. The ferry will need to be closed if water levels are not high enough to safely cross the river.

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 need to be closed if the ice conditions 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 conditions change. The Department will attempt to update the public three days and 24 hours prior to the actual closing date, however, rapidly deteriorating conditions may not permit such notice.

For More information, contact:

Greg Hanna  
Department of Transportation
Government of the Northwest Territories
867-767-9082 ext. 31046
greg_hanna@gov.nt.ca
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