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Roads in N.W.T. getting a $50 million makeover

July 26, 2021  By Rock to Road Staff

A total of 18 road projects across the Northwest Territories are proceeding after the federal government and the territorial government announced funding.

Ottawa is kicking in $37 million, and communities in N.W.T. and Indigenous recipients are providing more than $12.3 million towards these projects.

“Once completed, these important upgrades to local roads across the territory will help residents get around more safely and efficiently and ensure a strong economic recovery that creates jobs and growth for Northerners,” Infrastructure Canada said in a press release.

Shane Thompson, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs for the Northwest Territories, said the maintaining roads and highways is “of critical importance to ensure the safety and resilience of our communities.”


Sampling of projects

The $49.3 million will be spent on various projects including:

  • Repair and replacement of about 3.4 kilometres of asphalt, concrete and appurtenances on 11 roads in Yellowknife. ($9.1 million)
  • Rehabilitation of one kilometre along Capital Drive and Industrial Drive in Hay River. Includes replacement of asphalt and sidewalks on both sides and improvements to the road grade. ($5.3 million)
  • Road and drainage upgrades on several roads in Fort Smith. Includes asphalting six gravel roads, resurfacing asphalt on three roads and adding storm sewers, curbs and gutters. About seven kilometres of road in total.  ($4.5 million.)

For a complete list of all the projects, see the chart in the press release at


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