Inuvik to Tuk Highway remains closed

The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway remained closed as of late Thursday afternoon.

It was closed earlier this month due to muddy, soft conditions.

According to spokesperson Greg Hanna from the territorial government’s Department of Infrastructure, which includes transportation, a contractor has begun hauling gravel to repair the soft spots.

He states in an email that grading and compacting are in progress.

Hanna states that the department and the contractor are rigorously monitoring the conditions of the road through daily inspections, and assessing options to reopen the highway at the earliest opportunity.

He estimates that will be this coming Tuesday, adding that is dependent on weather conditions remaining dry.

Hanna states that the contractor will also be focusing on laying gravel down on all remaining sections of the highway, which he maintains will lessen the chance of a future closures for similar reasons.

Hanna adds that there are approximately nine kilometres of the highway between kilometres 21 and 44 that the contractor will be concentrating on to repair and make safe for traffic.

He states that the section from kilometres 121 to 138, which is the last section into Tuk, will see some grading and graveling as well.

All NWT highway openings or closings are announced through the infrastructure department’s Twitter page and on the highway conditions webpage.




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