The Government of Yukon and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation have reached a project agreement to upgrade three bridges along the Freegold Road.

The project agreement provides funding for Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation to effectively participate in the planning, design, regulatory processes and construction activities of the project. Government and First Nation representatives will work collaboratively to develop and implement a training, employment and business strategy for the project.

The project will include the reconstruction and replacement of the Crossing Creek Bridge, Bow Creek Bridge and Seymour Creek Bridge on the Freegold Road.

“This project will improve infrastructure to support responsible resource development while providing local employment and training opportunities,” said Yukon’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ranj Pillai. “The Yukon Resource Gateway Project is enhancing the development of Yukon’s resource sectors and providing economic opportunities throughout the territory.”

This project is dependent on meeting the terms and conditions of the Yukon Resource Gateway Project. Each of the project components are subject to the assessment and regulatory process that includes public input and consultation with affected First Nations.

This is the Government of Yukon’s second Project Agreement with the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation for improving public roads in the Carmacks area. The first agreement was for the Carmacks Bypass to enhance community safety.

“Our Project Agreement with the Government of Yukon will benefit many of our citizens so we’re pleased with all the expected results. The Project Agreement provides training and employment opportunities for our citizens and other benefits too,” said Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation Chief Russell Blackjack.

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