Two NWT Winter Road systems on night travel only due to mild weather

Whati Winter Road (Courtesy of Tlicho Government)

There is a downside to the record-breaking mild weather across the Northwest Territories over the last week or so.

The Tłı̨chǫ Government has issued an advisory on its Facebook page that the Tłı̨chǫ Winter Road system is now restricted to night travel only due to unseasonably warm weather which is still in the forecast for this week.

That means motorists can only use the roads from 10:00 pm until 10:00 am.

That is in effect until further notice in order to protect the overland portages.

According to the post, there are uneven sections on the Whati Winter Road near Marian Lake and soft edges between kilometre 44 and 60.

Drivers are also warned about exposed road and rough sections on the road to Gameti.

Officials say the Wekweeti Winter Road remains under construction and may not open until next week.

Motorists are warned that milder than normal temperatures will likely cause slippery conditions on lakes and portages.

Meanwhile restrictions have also been placed on the Mackenzie Valley Winter Road system which serves the communities of Wrigley, Tulita, Deline, Norman Wells, Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake.

According to the NWT Dept. of Infrastructure, which oversees roads in the territory, due to mild conditions, those roads can only be driven between 11:00 pm and 11:00 am.

The department also advises that trucks using the winter road between Highway 1 and Sambaa K’e (Trout Lake) may only do so at night while drivers of smaller vehicles are being advised to use the road only at night due to melting conditions.

Drivers are asked to use extra caution and be aware of workers and equipment on the entire winter road system.

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John Mcfadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018.  John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL).

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