Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, announced a federal investment of $118.2 million to upgrade a portion of the North Klondike Highway.
A 100-kilometre section of the highway, which connects Whitehorse to Dawson City, will be rebuilt to accommodate increased truck traffic and be more resilient to the effects of changing climate. This project will significantly reduce ongoing maintenance costs on this section of the highway.
The work includes:
- upgrading seven segments of the highway, reducing the length of highway that requires seasonal load restrictions, and improving climate change resilience;
- rebuilding McCabe Creek Bridge and Moose Creek Bridge; and
- replacing Crooked Creek Bridge.
“Transportation and distribution of goods and people are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies. The investment announced here today will make our transportation system stronger by reconstructing parts of Yukon’s North Klondike Highway and fostering long-term prosperity for our community,” Bagnall said.
Projects in the North receiving funding are supporting transportation infrastructure such as ports, airports, all-season roads and bridges and will enhance safety, security, and economic and social development in Canada’s three territories.
The projects are also addressing the unique and urgent transportation needs in Canada’s territorial North, such as access to markets, economic opportunities, communities and essential services despite difficult terrain and severe climate conditions and the high cost of construction along Canada’s northern trade corridors.