WHITEHORSE, Yukon — A seven-km stretch of the Alaska Hwy. in the Yukon will be reconstructed, thanks to the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP).
The $3.6 million project will be joint funded by the Yukon and the federal government.
“This funding will play an important role in helping to improve what is an extremely important highway for the region,” says Yukon MP Larry Bagnell. “This kind of support is crucial to economic development and public safety.”
Federal Transport Minister David Collenette adds, “It will be beneficial for residents of the area, as well as for visitors and for trade.”
The reconstruction will take place on the Alaska Hwy. between the Mendenhall River and Haines Junction. The upgrade will also include straightening and widening the existing road and reducing steep grades.
“The Alaska Hwy. is the primary trade corridor to and from the Yukon, and is a vital connection between the communities in the southern part of the territory,” says Yukon Infrastructure Minister Scott Kent.
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