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Title: NWT eyes 94km all-season road to Whati
Post by: Kniwt on April 07, 2016, 11:30:09 AM
The CBC reports:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/whati-winter-road-permit-tlicho-1.3522499

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A proposed $150 million all-season road to the Tlicho community of Whati is another step closer to reality, though it's still unclear how the Northwest Territories plans to pay for it.

Last week the N.W.T. Department of Transportation applied for the permits to build the 94-kilometre, two-lane gravel road to the community with a population of about 500.

... The Whati road will begin at Highway 3, near Behchoko, and continue north.

It will replace Whati's current winter road, part of a wider Tlicho winter road system that is costing the territorial government more and more money to build every year because of unpredictable weather and warmer ice road conditions.

(http://i.cbc.ca/1.3522517.1459907313!/fileImage/httpImage/image.png_gen/derivatives/original_620/what-all-season-road-map.png)

Current beginning of road, taken summer 2014:
(http://i.imgur.com/sSDMsT8.jpg)
Title: Re: NWT eyes 94km all-season road to Whati
Post by: oscar on April 07, 2016, 12:13:56 PM
See also http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/Projects/Future_Projects The Whati road is briefly described (under "Tłįchǫ All-Weather Road") as something in initial planning stages. It's not as far along in the planning process as the extension of highway 1 from Wrigley to Norman Wells, which has been on the drawing boards for decades.

Don't hold your breath on either project, at least until the extension of highway 8 to Tuktoyaktuk opens in a few years.