Work is underway in 2009 on an all-weather road from Tuktoyaktuk to a gravel pit 22 km southeast of the hamlet, which is along the proposed route for the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway. - NNSL file photo
$2 million more for Beaufort highway
Final decision on Inuvik to Tuk highway expected in 2013
Lyndsay Herman Northern News Services
Published Monday, November 12, 2012
The legislative assembly has approved $2 million to complete preliminary studies on the proposed Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway project and the minister of Transportation said a final decision on the project could be decided during the next sitting of the legislative assembly in February.
About $9.5 million has already been spent on the project for environmental assessments and engineering studies.
The highway became a top priority for the GNWT after the federal government committed $150 million to the project, based on a 75-25 cost sharing estimate. Final cost estimates for the highway will not be available until 2013, but it's expected to carry a price tag of between $200 and $300 million.
Once completed, the highway will connect from the Dempster highway's end in Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk and the Arctic Ocean. It will be Canada's only highway to reach the Arctic Ocean.