Tłįchǫ All-Season Road
The construction of a new all-season road from Highway 3 to the community of Whatì is part of the Department of Transportation’s strategy to capture opportunities by making strategic investments in the Northwest Territories transportation system.
The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to working with the Tłįchǫ Government to support strong, prosperous communities. Replacing the existing winter road to Whatì with an all-season road comes with significant benefits to residents of the Tłįchǫ region.
All-season roads are critical to adapting the NWT transportation system to the impacts of climate change, helping support more resilient and reliable infrastructure. By replacing the southern section of the existing winter road serving the region, the Tłįchǫ All-season Road will not only provide year-round access to Whatì but will also increase the window of access to the communities of Gamètì and Wekweètì.
With more reliable access, it is expected that the essential goods and materials on which residents rely can be transported to these communities at less expensive rates. This will translate into savings for consumers and a lower cost of living in the region.
The all-season road will also provide access to new areas of undeveloped mineral resources, opening the door for industry to unlock the region’s full economic potential to the benefit of all Northerners and Canadians.
On January 11, 2017 the federal government announced conditional funding for the Tłįchǫ All-season Road through the P3 Canada Program, with Canada providing up to 25 per cent of construction costs.
The contract for developing the Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Road will be procured through a P3 process and will maximize the involvement of Tłı̨chǫ and Northern businesses. Road construction and maintenance will result in significant employment and training opportunities for Tłı̨chǫ and Northern residents. It is anticipated that the contract will be a 29 year contract, with four years of construction and 25 years of operations.
Currently, the Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Road is undergoing an environmental assessment by the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board. This regulatory process will ensure the project is undertaken in an environmentally, social, and culturally sound manner.
Tłįchǫ All-Season Road backgrounder.