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Last paved portion of National Highway System open for business

YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. -- A stretch of highway from the Northwest Territories and Alberta border to Hay River and Yell...


YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. — A stretch of highway from the Northwest Territories and Alberta border to Hay River and Yellowknife, opened on Sept. 9 as the last paved portion of Canada’s National Highway System.

“With the reconstruction and paving of this final 30-kilometre section of Highway 3 near Yellowknife, I am pleased to announce the completion of the core National Highway System,” stated Mike Lake, MP Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont. “Investments in northern transportation infrastructures promote economic development in the region and reflect the Government of Canadas commitment to improving the quality of life of Canadians.”

The completion of Hwy. 3, which has the highest traffic volumes of the Northwest Territories intercommunity highways, will increase safety, improve access for the mining industry, improve driving conditions in winter and enhance tourism opportunities.

“These highway improvements will benefit people living, working and visiting in the Northwest Territories,” said Northwest Territories Transportation Minister Michael McLeod. “A safer, more efficient transportation system will provide the framework needed to support the continued economic growth of the territory.”

This $28-million project to complete the last section of Hwy. 3 was cost-shared equally by the two governments and is part of the $130-million Corridors for Canada projects funded under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.


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