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Winter Roads Update – Fort Chipewyan and La Loche

(Fort McMurray, AB – Dec 9, 2016) – Crews continue to prepare the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road and the La Loche Winter Trail for the season. Neither road is open yet.

If the current weather conditions continue the Fort Chipewyan winter road will open before December 25. The delay this year is a result of the late freeze on the Athabasca River crossing and lack of frost in the muskeg areas.

The La Loche Winter Road will open pending weather conditions in late December. The delay is a result of the lack of frost in the muskeg sections and the lack of ice formation on Hay Meadow Creek.

Crews are working extended hours to ensure that the road can be opened safely and as soon as possible.

Updates will be provided regularly as required. Check the following sources for the latest information:


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