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UPDATE: Aklavik Ice Road closes April 21 at 8:00 PM

UPDATE: An update from 7.56pm now states that the road will be open to small vehicles until 8pm on April 21.

“The Aklavik Ice Road will be OPEN for the next 24 hours for the return home of light vehicles weighing less than 10,000 kg,” the update said. “The ice road will close for the season at 8:00 PM on April 21, 2024. Please pay attention and follow the instructions of the flagman at kilometer 88.”

ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:

The Aklavik Ice Road is now closed for the season.

An announcement was released by the GNWT in the latest Highway Update, issued at 12:12 pm on April 20.

“Please drive in accordance with all road conditions, obey all speed limits, and pay attention to operating employees and equipment; and expect uneven surfaces, as well as slippery and narrow sections on all roads,” the message reads. “Icy conditions and standing water spots on all roads at this time of year. Remember to always use your headlights and seat belts.”

Other ice crossings are currently still open. The Peel River Ice crossing at km 74 of Dempster Highway 8 is open to traffic weighing up to 64,000 kilograms. The Mackenzie River Ice crossing at km 142.6 of Dempster Highway 8 is open to vehicles weighing up to 64,000 kilograms.

Travel on the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway will be limited to one lane between kilometers 26 and kilometer 30. Drivers are asked to pay attention to equipment and drive carefully between kilometer 26 and kilometer 70. The Dempster Highway is open, but the Yukon government has imposed a 75 percent legal weight limit at the Dempster Highway interchange.

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