Ice roads yield to spring temperatures

The winter roads have begun to close according to officials with the Department of Transportation.
“The winter roads for the region have all closed,” said regional superintendent Greg Whitlock on Thursday. “They were all officially closed as of midnight last night.”


The roads no longer in service include Wrigley, Tulita, Norman Wells, Fort Good Hope, Colville Lake and Deline. Nahanni Butte and Trout Lake are also closing for the season.
The ice crossing to the Reserve is still in service according to Fred Martel, the foreman responsible for the road. The cold overnight temperatures are maintaining the ice, he said.
Daniel Auger, the assistant deputy minister of Transportation, said that the roads in the Tlicho area are closed, but only until further notice, and the roads in the Delta area are still open.
“It may reopen for large commercial vehicles,” he said, noting that it is weather dependent.
But drivers using the still open roads need to check ahead to ensure the crossings are safe.
“Before any plan to travel, it is recommended that [people] check the road conditions on the website and obey all signage,” said Auger.