Transportation Corridors and Access to Resources in the Northwest TerritoriesWednesday, November 21, 2018 - 11:20 to 11:39 Theatre 3
In a largely greenfields region like the NWT, there are opportunities to plan new infrastructure projects with resource potential firmly in mind. Under the GNWT Department of Infrastructure's (INF) Transportation Strategy, INF is advancing the planning for three transportation corridors: the Tli? cho All-season Road, the Slave Geological Province (SGP) Access Corridor, and the Mackenzie Valley Highway. The SGP is a region of high mineral potential and is host to the NWT's diamond mines and most of the NWT's past producing gold mines. The SGP has the potential to sustain the NWT mineral development cycle for decades to come. The current route being advanced was based on mineral potential mapping to guide the planning to maximize the potential for future resource projects. This talk presents an overview of the current infrastructure initiatives and priorities underway and planned by the GNWT, highlighting the role of mineral potential mapping in scoping of the SGP route.