The first highway connecting the Northwest Territories to the coast of the Arctic Ocean will open soon after four years of construction.
The Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway, or the Arctic Highway, has been a priority for the NWT government since the 1960s and will connect the two communities, providing access all the way to the coast of the Arctic Ocean.
Last winter was the final year for the ice roads that are used to deliver supplies to the northern communities.
Upon completion, the 120 km all-weather highway will provide a land connection to the northern community of Tuktoyaktuk. Currently, the community is only accessible by airplane.
Canada's first highway to the Arctic Ocean opens in November. I had the chance to drive on the ice road before it has been closed for ever. pic.twitter.com/jc9m2t1wDs— Esther Horvath (@EstherHorvath3) September 19, 2017
The highway is expected to bring many benefits to the region, including employment opportunities, reduced cost of living, and increased tourism.
The highway will officially open on November 15th. Watch the countdown to the opening of the Arctic Highway here.