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Before you travel, please check our highway conditions page or call 1-800-661-0750. Conditions may change rapidly. 

Follow us on Twitter for the most recent updates: @GNWT_DOT.
Closures and openings are posted there first and the latest update is always the current status.

Les conditions routières peuvent changer à tout moment. Avant de prendre la route, vérifiez notre page Web des conditions routières et notre fil Twitter : @GNWT_DOT .

Si vous voulez ces informations en français, contactez-nous.  





Due to the warmer weather and spring melt. The Department of Transportation has UPDATED the seasonal load allowances on selected highway sections commencing on Monday April 27th, 2015 at 1200 hours.  The Department of Transportation will enforce these load allowances in order to best protect and preserve the NWT Highway System, see detailed listings below.

General Notice of 100% Legal Axle Weight:
These highway sections are set at 100% of the legal axle weight and until further notice:

  Hwy 1  Km 0 – Km 690
  Hwy 2  Km 0 – Km 49
  Hwy 3  Km 0 – Km 338
  Hwy 4  Km 0 – Km 69
  Hwy 5  Km 0 – Km 266
  Hwy 6  Km 0 – Km 90
  Hwy 7  Km 0 - Km 254
  Hwy 8  Km 0 – Km 272.5

  All Community Access Roads – 100% legal axle weight

Special Advisory Notice for 75% Legal Axle Weight:  

These highway sections are set at 75% of the legal axle weight until further notice:

   Hwy 4     Km 0 to Km 69

The Department of Transportation will continue to monitor the spring thaw and anticipates further updates on seasonal load allowances with possible changes on or about May 1st, 2013.

Note: The Department continues to monitor the situation on a daily basis. Highways may be reduced to a lower load allowance or closures to all traffic on extremely short notice in case of deteriorating conditions are observed or wet weather conditions.

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.

Any changes to the Allowable Legal Axle Weight Percentages will be announced 48 hours in advance by the Department on the Public Highway Information Service available toll free at: 1-800-661-0750.  Or on the internet at:

Issued: Wednesday April 22nd, 2014 at 1200hrs.

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