Currently served only by a winter ice road, the Tlicho region in the Northwest Territories only has overland access to the Yellowknife region and southern Canada for three months a year. During the remaining months, supplies are flown in at significant cost with food prices often 50 per cent higher than Yellowknife.The proposed all season road.
The existing winter ice road has become increasingly less reliable as lake ice levels change as a result of significant variations in winter air temperature and snowfall. Given the increasing effects of climate change, efforts to improve the road system have become an increasingly high priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories and local communities.
The federal government will provide up to 25 per cent of eligible costs through the P3 Canada Fund.
Approximately 17-kilometres of the road will be built on what is now T???cho? Lands. The Government of Northwest Territories and the T???cho? Government are working together to develop the proposal for the all-season road project
· The Tlicho All-Season Road will consist of approximately 97-kilometres of new two-lane road ro the community of Whati and will include four bridges and one large arched culvert.