OTTAWA — Work is expected to begin on the first road into the heart of Canada’s mineral-rich tundra after two recent funding announcements by federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau.
Garneau made more than $50 million available for preliminary studies on and planning for an all-weather road from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to the central Arctic coast of Nunavut.
The long-awaited artery would be Nunavut’s first road link to southern Canada. It would also run past what has been estimated at $45 billion in mineral deposits and would reduce mine development costs. The entire route would be nearly 700 kilometres long and cost about $1 billion.
The project would include a deep-water port about halfway along the Northwest Passage.
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