Summer highway construction projects announced across the NWT

May 31, 2018
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YELLOWKNIFE (May 31, 2018) — With summer fast approaching, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is preparing for several highway and bridge construction projects across the North and wants to make sure Northwest Territories residents and visitors are kept well informed.

These construction projects are part of the GNWT’s efforts to follow through on its mandate commitment to invest in strategic transportation infrastructure across the Northwest Territories. 

Planned for the 2018-19 summer season is over $46.4 million in improvements which will be made to more than 200 kilometres of highway including  three community access roads, and three bridges. This work is funded jointly by the GNWT and the federal government, much of which was previously announced under the Government of Canada’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National and Regional Projects, and Small Communities Fund.

During construction season, drivers are asked to take extra precaution. Slowdown in construction zones, obey all signage and traffic control personnel and plan ahead for added driving time.

In addition to improvements to existing infrastructure, construction of the 14 kilometre Canyon Creek Access Road will continue this summer in the Sahtu Region. This project represents another step towards replacing the existing Mackenzie Valley Winter Road with an all-weather highway.


“I am pleased to see that work is getting under way on these vital upgrades to highways, roads and bridges across the Northwest Territories. Not only will these improvements help people get around more safely and efficiently, they will help drive our Northern economy today and lay the foundations of growth for tomorrow.”
- Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Investments in our transportation infrastructure result in a variety of economic and social benefits for northerners and all Canadians. These improvements see increased driver safety, improved resiliency to climate change, and enhanced intercommunity mobility which supports new business, employment, educational, and health care opportunities for residents. I am very pleased with the projects being carried out this summer and will continue support new opportunities to increase investment in the NWT transportation system in collaboration with our federal partners.”
- Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure

Quick Facts:

Canyon Creek Access Road

  • Construction of a 14 km road from Norman Wells South to Canyon Creek.
  • Embankment construction, culvert installation and crushing work will be completed by fall 2018.

Highway 1

  • 76 kilometres of chipseal resurfacing.
  • Embankment reconstruction and rehabilitation and drainage improvements between from km 207 to 212.

Highway 3

  • 84 kilometres of chipseal resurfacing and rehabilitation.
  • Drainage improvements at various locations.

Highway 4

  • Embankment reconstruction, drainage improvements and culvert installations from km 49.6 to 51.1.

Highway 6

  • 24 kilometres of chipseal resurfacing.
  • Embankment reconstruction and drainage improvement from km 28 to 33.

Highway 7

  • Chipseal resurfacing, repairs, and drainage improvements from km 137 to 153.

Highway 8

  • Gravel surfacing from km 0 to 30.
  • Culvert replacement at km 143 to 148.
  • Brushing km 161 to 168.

Highway 10

  • Repairs to the highway, compaction and surfacing gravel in required areas from km 21 to 46.

Inuvik  Access Road

  • Embankment widening, replacement of steel pipe culverts, and chipseal resurfacing from km 259.4 to 269 as well as Hospital Hill Drive and the Airport Access Road. 
  • This project will be complete by the fall of 2019.

Fort Simpson Access Road

  • Chipseal resurfacing for all four kilometres.

Kakisa Access Road

  • Chipseal resurfacing for all 12 kilometres.

Buffalo River Bridge

  • Completion of bridge rehabilitation.

Hay River to Pine Point Bridge

  • Bridge replacement project to start in October 2018.

Deh Cho Bridge

  • Completion of the bridge approach embankment rehabilitation work.


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Media inquiries:

Greg Hanna
Communications Coordinator
Department of Infrastructure
Tel: (867) 767-9082 ext. 34046

Kate Monfette
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities