Work on Old Crow winter road underway
Construction has begun on a winter road to Old Crow, Yukon's only fly-in community. The road is expected to be ready later this month.
Dan Russell, project manager for Porcupine Enterprises, says his crew has completed about half of the 260-kilometre winter road.
"Despite our warmer weather we are making good headway," he says. "The guys are starting to drag the roads and freeze it down."
The road will be used to haul in materials for several smaller projects like a new Arctic Co-op store and a tank farm to store fuel.
The Yukon government's Department of Community Services also expects to haul out and recycle about 15 loads of waste metal that has accumulated at the community's landfill over the last 20 years.
"It's the first time that we actually build a road without having some big industrial or infrastructure development attached to the road," says Pauline Frost of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.
The road is expected to cost more than a million dollars with the cost being shared between the Vuntut Gwitchin and the Yukon Government.
The winter road is scheduled to open Feb. 24.