Transportation

Completed Projects 

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AIRPORTS

All “B” & “C” Airports were devolved to the GNWT by Canada in February 1991. The remaining “A” Airports were transferred to DOT by Transport Canada in July 1995. 

Since 1990, 11 NWT community airports have received significant improvements: 

AIRPORT PROJECT(s) DATE
Whati/EM3 3000’ x 100’ runway constructed and new terminal building 1991
Rae Lakes/YRA 3000’ x 100’ runway constructed and new terminal building 1991
Lutselk'e/YLK 3000' x 100' runway constructed and new terminal building 1994
Paulatuk/YPC New airport was built  1994
Wekweeti/YWE 3000' x 75' runway constructed and new terminal building  1994
Fort Good Hope/YHG 3000' x 100' runway constructed and new terminal building; runway extended to 4434' x 100' 1994 & 2011
Deline/YWJ New airport was built  1998
Tulita/ZFN Runway was extended to 3934' x 100' 2010
Fort McPherson/ZFM Runway was extended to 3934' x 100' 2010
Yellowknife/YZF New combined services building was built 2011
Colville Lake/YVL  New airport was built  2012
Trout Lake/CEU9  Constructed a new runway 2014

HIGHWAYS

Canada devolved responsibility for the existing NWT Highway System to the GNWT in 1986. Since 1990 DOT has maintained and rehabilitated many existing roads and constructed new  highways, mainly in partnership with Canada. Between 1989/90 and 2011/12, over $825 million  has been spent on Highway system improvement programs.
PROJECT DATE
Extended highway #1 from Fort Simpson to Wrigley 1994
constructing an all-season access road to Jean Marie River 1997
initiated construction of annual winter road access to Colville Lake 2000
reconstructing and paving Highways #1 and #3 from the Alberta-NWT border to
Yellowknife
2006
constructing an all-season access road to Nahanni Butte 2010
constructing and opening the Deh Cho Bridge across the Mackenzie River and
eliminating the ice crossing and ferry service at Fort Providence
2012
constructing 36 permanent bridges along the Mackenzie Valley Winter Road 2014
constructing the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway, northernmost extention of the
Mackenzie Valley Highway
2017
reconstructing and paving Highway #1 between the Highway #3 junction and Fort
Simpson 
Ongoing
reconstructing Highway #4 Ongoing
reconstructing and paving Highway #5 Ongoing
reconstructing and paving Highway #6 Ongoing
reconstructing Highway #8 Ongoing
295 Community Access Program (CAP) road and marine projects in 30 communities Ongoing