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Province announces $5.7 million for winter roads

Temporary roads allow access for Far North communities
The province has announced $5.7 million to help build the winter road network in the Far North. (Larabie photo)

The province has announced $5.7 million to build winter roads in the Far North in 2018-2019.

The funds will go to 29 First Nations and the Town of Moosonee to build and maintain 3,160 kilometres of temporary winter roads.

“Winter roads provide vital connections to all-season roads, making it easier to bring in essential services and goods like food, medical and construction supplies,” Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford said in a Nov. 21 news release.

“The winter roads network also supports the local economy in Far North communities by providing more affordable transportation options for the mining industry.”

Weather permitting, the winter roads network is open from around mid-January until the spring thaw.

A full list of the communities and their funding allotment is available here.