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What’s happening to the NWT’s highways this summer

A satellite image of the Fort Simpson access road, which will receive improvement work in summer 2018
A file satellite image of the Fort Simpson Liard River crossing and access road.

The territorial government has set out a list of work planned for Northwest Territories highways this summer.

Just under $50 million will be spent repairing and upgrading the territory’s roads, infrastructure minister Wally Schumann told the legislature on Monday. Here’s a guide to what’s happening and where:

Highway 1
Embankment and drainage repair work
76 km will be chipsealed, including the Fort Simpson and Kakisa access roads

Highway 3
84 km will be chipsealed and some culverts will be replaced
Deh Cho Bridge embankment repairs



Highway 4
Embankment and culvert work
Drainage improvements
Guardrails installed ‘where appropriate’

Highway 5
Rehabilitation of two truss bridges – Buffalo River Bridge (to be completed this year) and Hay River to Pine Point Bridge (work starts in October)

Highway 6
Embankment and drainage work
Fully chipsealed by this fall

Highway 7
Resurfacing, repairs, drainage improvements

Dempster Highway
Gravel hauling, crushing, and stockpiling
Replacement of steel pipe culverts
Inuvik Airport’s access road will get some rehab work

Construction of the Canyon Creek all-season road south of Norman Wells continues, should be ready by fall