September 12, 2006

Last paved portion of the National Highway System opens

Yellowknife, NWT – The last paved portion of the National Highway System, a 30 km section of Highway 3 near Yellowknife, has been completed. The highway runs from the Northwest Territories and Alberta border to Hay River and Yellowknife.

“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,” said Mike Lake, M.P., on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities at a ceremony marking the event. “Investments in northern transportation infrastructures promote economic development in the region and reflect the Government of Canada’s commitment to improving the quality of life of Canadians.”

Highway 3 has the highest traffic volume of the Northwest Territories’ intercommunity highways; its completion will increase safety, improve access for the mining industry, improve winter driving conditions and enhance tourism opportunities. The $28 million project was cost-shared equally by the Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories. It is part of the $130 million Corridors for Canada projects, funded under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.

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