YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. - The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories have announced funding for major roadwork in the territory.
The July 7 announcement indicated that $80.9 million in joint funding would be spent on improving accessibility to remote communities in the North and ensuring the movement of goods across major trade routes.
The Northwest Territories Highway Improvement Initiative includes the rehabilitation of nine bridges and three access roads and the construction of a four-bay highway maintenance facility in James Creek. The projects are also aimed at repairing aging roads and improving structural capacity of existing infrastructure.
The initiative's 13 highway infrastructure components are all being funded through the Small Communities Fund. The Government of the Northwest Territories is taking advantage of a new streamlined process allowing them to begin project development during this construction season, indicates the media release.
The Government of Canada will provide $60,675,000 through the Small Communities Fund for the 13 projects and the Northwest Territories will contribute the remaining $20,225,000.
The jobs will be undertaken at Axe Handle Creek, Bouvier Creek, Buffalo River, Hay River, Hodgson Creek, Inuvik, James Creek, Jean Marie River, Nahanni Butte, Oscar Creek, Yellowknife and Trout River.