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Before you travel, please check our highway conditions page or call 1-800-661-0750. If you are travelling the Dempster Highway (Highway 8) or the northern part of Highway 1, remember to check the ferry conditions and schedules.

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As of July 21, 2014 

NOTEAll NWT Highways are set to operate under normal conditions except for those listed below:

No overloads permitted

General Notice of 100% Legal Axle Weight:

These highway section are set at 100% of the legal axle weight until further notice:

Hwy 4              Km 0 – Km 69 (Tibbitt Lake)
Hwy 7              Km 0 (BC border) – Km 254 (Checkpoint)

Special Advisory Notice for 90% Legal Axle Weight:                 

These highway and access road sections are set at 90% of the legal axle weight  until further notice:

Kakisa Access Road                      Km 0 (Junction at Km 168.5 of Hwy 1) – Km 12.9
Jean Marie River Access Road       Km 0 (Junction at Km 375 of Hwy 1) – Km 27
Hay River Reserve Access Road    Km 0 (Junction at Km 2.5 of Hwy 5) – Km 14.9
Dettah Access Road                     Km 0 (Junction at Km 9.8 of Hwy 4) – Km 11.3


The Department of Transportation will enforce the above listed load allowances in order to best protect and preserve the NWT Highway System.

Highway System Information:

Please verify that your vehicle configuration conforms with the loading allowed under the registration documents and to the “Large Vehicle Control Regulations” available at:

The Department of Transportation will continue to monitor highway conditions, traffic flows and transportation issues for all regulations and other restrictions in order to best protect and preserve our vital Transportation Infrastructure.  Regular updates to the Allowable Legal Axle Weights will be announced 48 hours in advance by the Department on the Public Highway Information Service available toll free at: 1-800-661-0750

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