Yukon News – Trudeau announces $360 million for Yukon road upgrades. Resource Gateway Project will repair 650 km of roads in Klondike and Kaska regions
The federal and territorial governments are spending about $360 million as part of a half-billion dollar project to improve road access to two mining regions in the territory. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement Sept. 2 as part of a 24-hour visit to the Yukon. The federal government is willing to contribute up to $247.3 million, Trudeau said.
The territorial government has agreed to pitch in up to $112.8 million. Industry is expected to add about $108 million. Known as the Resource Gateway Project, the money will be spent on roads and bridges in the Dawson range in central Yukon and the Nahanni Range Road in the southeast. In all, about 650 kilometres of road will be upgraded. Numerous bridges, culverts, and stream crossings will also be replaced. In the Dawson range, four public road systems will get repairs.
The Nahanni Range Road will get upgrades from its junction with the Campbell Highway to the border between Yukon and the Northwest Territories. “Building infrastructure is one of the best way to create opportunities and long term growth in a sustainable way for communities, and we will do that,” Trudeau said, standing alongside Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Liberal MP Larry Bagnell. Three major potential mines, Coffee, Selwyn and Casino, could benefit from the improvements. To date, none of them have made it through the territory’s environmental and socio-economic assessment process.