Major improvements planned for North Klondike Highway
July 31, 2019, Yukon - The North Klondike Highway will receive major upgrades to improve safety and increase capacity on one of Yukon’s busiest highways.
Yukon Member of Parliament Larry Bagnell, on behalf Canada’s Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau, and Yukon’s Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn announced a total of $157 million in funding for the reconstruction project today at the Yukon Transportation Museum.
"Yukon’s highways bind people and communities together," said Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn. "This project will make the North Klondike Highway safer for the many Yukoners who use it every day and more efficient for the businesses that rely on it to transport goods and services. It will also make it more resilient in the face of permafrost, reducing maintenance and remediation costs in the future."
The project, scheduled to start in 2020, involves reconstructing, rehabilitating, replacing, and resurfacing critical portions of the highway between Carmacks and the Dempster Highway cutoff.
"Transportation and distribution of goods and people are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies," said Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell. "The investment announced here today will make our transportation system stronger by reconstructing parts of Yukon’s North Klondike Highway and fostering long-term prosperity for our community."
The North Klondike Highway is heavily impacted by increasing levels of thawing permafrost. It is a vital link for industry and a well travelled route for tourists from across the globe. This reconstruction project will increase safety, improve road conditions, and connect Yukoners with an increasing number of economic opportunities including Yukon’s resource sector.
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