November 15, 2018 by Jillian Morgan
WHATI, N.W.T—A consortium has been selected to construct a 97-kilometre roadway connecting Highway 3 to the fly-in community of Whati, located about 160 kilometres northwest of Yellowknife.
North Star Infrastructure, comprised of Kiewit Canada Development Corp., Peter Kiewit and Sons, Hatch Corporation, and Thurber Engineering Ltd. will fund, construct, operate and maintain the Tlicho All-Season Road.
The estimated cost of the project is yet to be unveiled, though the federal government has agreed to provide 25 per cent of construction costs through the P3 Canada Fund. The Government of Northwest Territories will cover the remaining costs using a P3 structure.
Construction on the two lane road, which will include four bridges and a large arched culvert, is slated for fall 2019.
Work has been underway between the N.W.T Department of Infrastructure and Ottawa to develop the road since 2012.