On Saturday, August 24, 2019, an official groundbreaking ceremony was held in Whatı̀ for the Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Road project.
The Tłı̨chǫ All-season Road will provide all-weather access from Highway 3 west of Yellowknife to the community of Whatì.
Two-lane gravel highway
97 kilometres in length
Public-private partnership (P3)
Capital cost of the project is $200 million
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is working in partnership with the Tłı̨chǫ Government to advance the project.
The project is funded jointly by the Government of Canada (25%) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (75%).
Replacing the southern section of the existing winter road will adapt to the impacts of climate change, provide uninterrupted access to Whatì and increase the winter road window-of-access to the communities of Gamètì and Wekweètì.
Transportation efficiencies will reduce the cost of living for the region and embrace social opportunities.
The capital ceiling in the Request for Proposals (RFP) is $200 million.
All-weather access will attract further interest from industry in exploration and development of natural resources.
Road construction and maintenance will result in significant employment and training opportunities for Tłı̨chǫ residents that support the development of a strong northern workforce.
March 20, 2017: A Request for Qualifications is issued.
September 13, 2017: Three proponents are announced to have qualified in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process.
December 5, 2017: A Request for Proposals is issued to the three proponents that were selected through the Request for Qualifications process.
October 26, 2018: An environmental assessment is completed. The regulatory and permitting phase begins.
November 13, 2018: The GNWT announces a preferred proponent.
Fall 2019: Construction expected to start.
Fall 2022: The new Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Highway is expected to open to the public.