Truckers wonder why no truckstop in Yellowknife

YELLOWKNIFE, (Aug. 26, 2004) — Some truck drivers rolling into Yellowknife are looking for a truckstop to eat, shower, and park for the night.

The Yellowknifer reports that truckers hauling into Yellowknife would welcome such a facility, and wonder why one currently doesn’t exist.

John Johansen, secretary treasurer and executive director for the NWT Motor Transport Association and general manager for Grimshaw Trucking Ltd., told the newspaper that a truck stop would be a definite asset for services offered in Yellowknife, especially during the winter.

While there’s plenty of places to dine, there’s isn’t a facility specifically for truckers to clean up and park their rigs for the night, he said. Johansen said that currently drivers stop at Gastown and Reddi Mart before making the U-turn back to Big River Service at Fort Providence.

However, some area residents and local truckers don’t think a truckstop would last, especially since some of the larger carriers like RTL Robinson already provide camps for truckers to stop and rest.

— from The Yellowknifer, via Northern News Services

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