YELLOWKNIFE (March 20, 2017) – Minister of Finance, Robert C. McLeod announced today that the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has begun the formal procurement process for the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road (TASR) by releasing the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an all-season road to Whatì.
Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, January 5, 2017
A thriving economy needs strategic investments in transportation infrastructure to keep people and goods moving efficiently. Investing in modern transportation infrastructure also helps create jobs and improve the quality of life of Northerners.
YELLOWKNIFE (April 27, 2016) – As of May 1, 2016, changes to the Motor Vehicle Act will be coming into effect to address the issue of distracted driving and speeding in the Northwest Territories.
In the past decade, distracted driving has been a major issue in the NWT and across Canada, and the Department of Transportation is continuing to work with enforcement partners to improve safety across the roadway system to reduce collisions, loss of property, and fatalities.
INUVIK (April 19, 2016) - Scientists from Canada and the United States are gathering in Inuvik this week to observe leading-edge research and development installations on the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway alignment.
The goal of these installations is to assist in the development of new construction techniques for civil engineering projects constructed on frozen ground in the circumpolar world. The Northwest Territories’ unique environment allows the Department of Transportation to assume a leading role in such climate change research.
Hay River (April 13, 2016) – A workshop to develop a long-term strategy for the dredging of the Hay River Harbour was held this week in Hay River.
Key stakeholders including several federal government agencies and private sector companies met in Hay River on April 12 and 13 to discuss an efficient and effective strategy to meet the challenges posed by continuous sediment accumulation in the Hay River Harbor.
April 8, 2016 Inuvik, Northwest Territories
The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories are pleased to announce the joining of the north and south construction spreads of the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway, the first public highway to Canada’s Arctic coast. The contractor has successfully joined the two construction spreads with a first layer of embankment material placed on April 7, 2016. Geotextile fabric and additional earthworks to bring the embankment up to grade will be put in place by the end the month.
YELLOWKNIFE (March 3, 2016) – As a result of a successful partnership between the Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Government of Canada, a new state of the art, self-propelled snowblower is now on site at the Hay River Merlyn Carter Airport.
The new snowblower employs cutting edge technology to increase productivity and decrease time required to clean airport runways, improve worker safety, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
YELLOWKNIFE (March 1, 2016) – The report of the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) Review Committee was released on February 25, 2016, and includes multiple recommendations that are beneficial to the Northwest Territories (NWT). The review looks forward 20 to 30 years to identify priorities and potential actions in transportation that will support Canada’s long term economic well-being, including that of the NWT and Northern Canada.
YELLOWKNIFE (January 29, 2016) – To ensure the safety of all travelers crossing the Deh Cho Bridge, the Department of Transportation (DOT), in partnership with Northwestel, has installed two emergency telephones on the bridge, in clearly marked emergency call points. The call points are now fully functional and will remain open for public use for at least 20 years.
YELLOWKNIFE (January 27, 2016) – The Department of Transportation (DOT) is extending a pilot project for permits on 8 and 9 axle commercial vehicles. These permits allow commercial carriers to ship more weight per truck when travelling between Hay River and the mine sites north of Yellowknife.
The initial pilot project was a success, and the Department of Transportation is looking forward to continuing this partnership with the Tibbit to Contwoyto Winter Road Joint Venture.