The Mackenzie Valley Highway (MVH) will connect Northwest Territories communities to the Arctic Coast.
Quick Facts (Wrigley to Norman Wells)
- Two-lane gravel highway
- 321 kilometres in length
- 40 of 42 bridges already built
- Estimated cost is $700 million
- Improved intercommunity mobility, embrace social opportunities and lower the cost of living in the region.
- More resilient transportation system in the face of climate change.
- New economic opportunities, such as increased tourism and access for mineral and petroleum resource development.
- The Government of the Northwest Territories is working with the various land claimant organizations to advance the project.
- The northernmost section of the MVH, the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway, opened to traffic on November 15, 2017
- On June 27, 2018, the Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories announced $140 million for construction of the Great Bear River Bridge, planning and environmental studies for the Mackenzie Valley Highway, and construction of an access road from Wrigley to Mount Gaudet.
- A 14 kilometre-long access road from Norman Wells to Canyon Creek opened on November 13, 2018. Construction of the road created employment, training and business opportunities for local residents.
- On April 10, 2019, the GNWT and Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding Cooperation on the Advancement of the MVH through the Environmental Review and regulatory Processes.
- Staff from the Department of Infrastructure visited four communities between February 25-28, 2019 to conduct engagement sessions with Indigenous governments, town and hamlet councils, industry, and community members. Click here to view the presentation.
- Staff from the Department of Infrastructure visited the Sahtu communities of Norman Wells and Tulita November 12-14, 2019 to conduct engagement sessions. Click here to view the presentation.
- Next steps include engaging with Indigenous governments, NWT residents, and other stakeholders, completing a business case and further planning.
Click here to visit the MVH-related documents and information on the Mackenzie Valley Review Board website.
Memorandum of Understanding: Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated and the Government of the Northwest Territories
Description of Regulatory Regime and Environmental Impact Assessment Process for Mackenzie Valley Highway Extension
Preliminary Engineering Assessment of 22 Stream Crossings Mackenzie Valley Winter Road, Wrigley to Fort Good Hope