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RFQ released for 97-km highway in Northwest Territories

The proposal is a two-lane all-season gravel road with culverts and/or double-lane bridges over water crossings as necessary.


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Proposed new road in red. (source: Northwest Territories Transportation)

The Government of the Northwest Territories has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a 97-km all-season gravel highway from kilometer 196 of Highway 3 to the community of Whatì, in the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories.

Called the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road (TASR), a proposal from March 2016 the roadway would be 60 m in width with a cleared driving surface of approximately 8.5 m in width in order to accommodate a two-lane gravel road with culverts and/or double-lane bridges over water crossings as necessary.

The RFQ is the first stage in the Public-Private Partnership (P3) process for this project.

The government intends to select a shortlist of up to three proponents invited to participate in the next stage of the process, pending a decision on the environmental assessment for the project.

“Construction of the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road is a priority of the 18th Legislative Assembly.  The project is a critical piece of infrastructure that will result in significant benefits for the Tłı̨chǫ region and facilitate growth for the NWT economy,” said Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Finance, in a media release.