Melting Dettah Ice Road closes for season Tuesday morning

The Dettah Ice Road, shown at the Yellowknife entrance, is a slushy passage today, as spring has definitely arrived. (Photo courtesy of GNWT/Infrastructure.)

The Dettah Ice Road will close tomorrow at 10 a.m., due to rapidly deteriorating conditions, stated the GNWT Infrastructure department today.

The Department stated in a 24-hour advance notice that: “Upon the road being profiled … conditions are rapidly deteriorating due to warmer weather and run-off water in the surrounding area.

“Travellers are asked to drive safely and with caution until closure.”

The road opened later than usual this year, due to the later arrival of extremely cold temperatures.

The road took a beating on this past warm weekend as temperatures hovered above freezing.

More vehicles were also travelling through the increasingly thick slush and ruts to get to the Yellowknives Dene Spring Carnival in Dettah.

Without the winter road, residents and visitors to Dettah, to access the community, will have to spend an extra 30 minutes taking the paved highway that joins up with the Ingraham Trail near the Yellowknife River.