The Mackenzie Valley Highway will connect Northwest Territories communities to the Arctic Coast.
FAST FACTS (Wrigley to Norman Wells)
- Two-lane gravel highway
- 321 kilometres in length
- 40 of 42 bridges already built
- 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
- A 14 kilometre-long access road from Norman Wells to Canyon Creek is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, creating employment, training and business opportunities for local residents.
- 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.
- Six project phases have been identified:
- Construction of the Great Bear River Bridge
- Environmental and Planning Studies
- Wrigley to Mount Gaudet access road
- Canyon Creek to Tulita
- Tulita to the Sahtu-Dehcho boundary
- Sahtu-Dehcho boundary to Mount Gaudet access road.
- Next steps include engaging with Indigenous governments, NWT residents, and other stakeholders, completing a business case and further planning.