Another step forward has been solidified for the Mackenzie Valley Highway project.
On Monday, the Project Description Report for construction in the Gwich’in settlement area was presented to Transportation Minister Michael McLeod by Gwich’in Tribal Council President Richard Nerysoo.
“The completion of the PDR for the Gwich’in Settlement Area represents a significant chapter in the Wrigley to Tuktoyaktuk highway project,” said McLeod in a press release. “This work, completed by the Gwich’in Tribal Council, confirms that working in partnership with Aboriginal groups is an effective way to plan and move forward on major projects.”
The project received unanimous support by the members of the 16th Legislative Assembly in 2008.
PDRs are currently underway for various portions of the all weather road and once they are all complete later this year, the project will enter its environmental review phase.
The federal government slotted a total of $150 million over five years to the Mackenzie Valley Highway in the budget that was tabled earlier this month.