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A new bridge will be built across the Great Bear River in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories, supporting the current Mackenzie Valley Winter Road and the future all-weather Mackenzie Valley Highway.
- 2 lane bridge
- 460 metres in length with 4 concrete piers
- Located at kilometre 938 of the Mackenzie Valley Winter Road
- The new bridge will reduce safety and environmental risks associated with crossing the Mackenzie River ice road.
- The bridge will be constructed 800 meters from the confluence of Great Bear and Mackenzie Rivers.
- A permanent bridge will extend the winter road season, providing efficiencies for industry.
- Improved access between communities will embrace social opportunities such as family, recreation, and sporting interactions.
- Residents will have improved access to health care facilities and economic opportunities.
- The GNWT is currently working to attain land use permits for the geotechnical investigation program for granular sources, followed by bridge abutments, and bridge approaches.
- Winter-Spring 2019: geotechnical investigations
- Summer 2020: Regulatory approvals and permits expected
- Summer 2020: Construction expected to begin
- Winter 2024: Bridge expected to officially open