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Construction Teams Successfully Connect Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway

Written by; Chad Simco / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Tue Apr 12 2016


The city of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territory (N.W.T.), located on the edge of the Arctic Ocean in the far north of Canada, won't be relying on erratic deliveries from barges and the ice road truckers much longer.

Northwest Territories governments have announced that construction crews on both sides of the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway have met in the middle, successfully joining the northern and southern segments of a new highway, thus an all weather, year round, road now connects the two communities.

Last Thrusday, April 7, 2016, the two side had met as crews placed the final portion of gravel to bridge the gap between the two northern communities.

Construction of the highway began in January of 2014 and there is still much more work to be done before it opens to the public in the fall of 2017, but this marks a significant milestone in building Canada's first ever public highway to the arctic coast.

The 120 kilometre long highway has seen funding contributions from the Government of the Northwest Territories of $99 million (CAD) and $200 million (CAD) from the Canadian Federal Government.

The next step in construction is to finish building the embankments, bridges and to complete the surfacing of the highway.

Government officials are optomistic the new highway will lower the cost of living in Tuktoyaktuk and create more opportunities for business development in the region.

"The Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway is an essential component of Northern transportation infrastructure," Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's minister of Infrastructure and Communities, said. "Not only will it create jobs and economic benefits for Northerners, but it will connect communities, support the transportation of goods, and increase the potential for economic development in the Northwest Territories."

Video of crews meeting at the joining of the new Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway


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