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Construction on N.W.T.’s Dettah ice road sets seasonal delay record

January 25, 2024  By Rock to Road Staff

(Photo credit: GNWT Infrastructure,

YELLOWKNIFE – Following unprecedented delays driven by insufficient weather conditions, the Northwest Territories’ Department of Infrastructure has announced that construction is to begin on the Dettah ice road, with ice profiling completed this week.

Ice must reach at least 33 to 34 centimeters in thickness before construction can safely begin on the six-kilometre road, with this year being the latest on record that it has taken to reach the necessary conditions.

The government stated that the previous record for delays was January 11, with last year’s opening occurring on January 10.

The delays come from both unexpectedly warm and extreme cold weather, with the Department of Infrastructure claiming that areas of thin ice and overflow prevented construction from beginning in December, while extreme cold earlier this month prevented crews from carrying out the necessary ice profiling.


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