The Louis Cardinal ferry across the Mackenzie River at Tsiigehtchic is running again after almost a month.

That has traffic moving again up the Dempster Highway, to Inuvik.

The first 10 trucks stocked with freight, fuel and other goods hit the road last night.

Stan McNevin, owner and operator of the Eagle Plains Hotel in Eagle Plains, Yukon, about halfway up the Dempster, says trucks waited-out the river crossing closure there.  He says the hold-up came as a surprise to some.

"Because of the natural gas situation in Inuvik, they assured they would keep the ferries running so with that assurance everybody didn't do the traditional stock-up because we thought we'd have weekly freight delivery," he said. 

McNevin says the first trucks left around 8 o'clock last night, but traffic is still moving slowly.  Because the ice crossings have only been formed, only one truck can move across the river at a time.

The Louis Cardinal ferry and the Abraham Francis ferry at Fort McPherson are running from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. The ice crossing near Tsiigehtchic is open to vehicles up to 4,000 kg.