This Wednesday (Nov. 15) at 6 a.m., the first permanent road will open connecting Inuvik, Canada, and the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Coast.

According to Construction Equipment, the new 75-mile road provides year-round access that until now has only been available by airplane. The road is located in Canada’s Northwest Territories near Yellowknife and south of the Arctic Circle.

GlobalConstructionReview.com reports that Tuktoyaktuk Mayor Darrel Nasogaluak will drive the inaugural trip on the brand new, two-lane all season highway south to Inuvik.

Talk about the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Mackenzie Valley Highway began in the 1960s. The road replaces a seasonal ice road and is Canada’s first permanent link to its Arctic coast.

With its opening, Tuktoyaktuk (formerly known as Port Brabant, but now called “Tuk”) is developing RV parking sites and public facilities for visitors. Estimates are that the new reliable route for supplies will reduce the cost of living in Tuk by about $1,500 per person in the town of 965 people.

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