INUVIK, NT — The federal government has issued an update on the construction of the Inuvik Tuktoyakyuk Highway as the project enters its final summer phase.
The last winter construction season of the Inuvik Tuktoyakyuk Highway concluded in April, notes a media statement issued May 25, and consisted of completing the final two bridges as well as crushing and stockpiling surface gravel. Construction this summer season will focus on grading, packing and shaping the base of the highway in preparation for gravel surfacing. Signage and guardrails will be installed this fall.
Upon completion, the 120-kilometre all-weather highway will provide a land connection between Inuvik and the northern community of Tuktoyatuk. Currently the community is only accessible by airplane.
The highway is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 15. Upon opening, it will be the first public highway to the Arctic Ocean.
The design of the highway is being engineered by EGT Northwind Ltd.
Approximately 71 kilometres of the highway were constructed on Inuvialuit private lands which are maintained by the Inuvialuit Lands Administration. The rest of the route is located on former Crown lands, which were maintained by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Administration of the Crown lands were transferred to the government of the Northwest Territories in 2014.
The Government of Canada is contributing $200 million toward the project, while the Government of the Northwest Territories is contributing $99 million.