Roads & Paving
N.W.T. roadwork off to a slow start in the new year
January 6, 2023 By CBC News
It’s been a somewhat rocky start to the N.W.T.’s winter road season, as a combination of warm temperatures, lots of snow, and choppy ice conditions have caused delays throughout the territory.
The opening of the famed Dettah ice road, a six-kilometre route that cuts across Yellowknife Bay, is typically opened on Dec, 24, according to a 20-year average. Yet a week-and-a-half later, there’s still no word on when it will be operational.
A spokesperson for the N.W.T.’s infrastructure department said on Wednesday that work on the road was delayed until after the holiday season for safety reasons — and that mild weather and heavy snowfall were to blame.
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