Yellowknife’s Franklin Avenue reopens for traffic

The City of Yellowknife has lifted its Franklin Avenue closure, reopening the community’s main road to traffic as of Saturday afternoon.

The road will still be down to a single lane in each direction for the summer as work continues, with September the expected completion date.

In a tweet at 2pm on Saturday, the City said: “The detour on Franklin Avenue has officially been lifted. Franklin Avenue between Forrest Drive and Reservoir Road is now accessible to traffic and will feature single northbound and southbound lanes.”


The road’s closure at the end of May prompted traffic chaos as commuters tried to figure out the best route back home from Yellowknife’s downtown core to homes in Range Lake and beyond.

Cabin Radio acquired a traffic helicopter from local firm Acasta Heliflight for a day, with live traffic video from the chopper generating 20,000 views in a matter of hours.

Work on Franklin Avenue in part involves the replacement of an ageing sewer system with one designed to last for 50 years, meaning Cabin Radio’s next helicopter outing is tentatively scheduled for 2068.