The Mackenzie River and Peel River ice crossing will close at 5:00 p.m. today

(Photo courtesy of Mike Lowing)

The Mackenzie River ice crossing at kilometre (km) 143, the Peel River ice crossing at km 74 and the winter access to Tsiigehtchic will close at 5:00 p.m. today.

Northwest Territories travel restrictions are still in effect on Highway 8 (the Dempster Highway) at the Yukon and at the NWT border heading north.

Highway 8 closure will take effect on all traffic at 5:00 p.m. on Friday May 8. The highway closure will begin at km 1 and extend to km 14.2.

According to a GNWT news release, “Travellers are advised to complete their essential movement of goods prior to closure.”

“The intent is to re-open the highway once ferries begin operation for the season. Until that time, drivers are advised to use Highway 1 to enter or leave the territory, which is open for limited exceptions,” The GNWT said in the release.

Due to an order from the NWT Chief Public Health Officer, travellers who are not NWT residents are prohibited from entering the Northwest Territories.

 Yukon travel restrictions are in effect on the Dempster Highway at the Yukon / NWT border heading south.

 Yukon/NWT Border Highway 8: Southbound (as announced by the Yukon Government) All travellers to the Yukon Territory are required to self –isolate for 14 days.

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Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked as a spot news photographer/journalist with such news organizations as Vista-radio, CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire and Postmedia in Alberta.