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Ice conditions causing delays opening Fort Chipewyan Winter Road

(Fort McMurray, AB – December 12, 2019) – Due to current ice conditions at the Des Rochers River, the opening of the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road on Dec. 15 is anticipated to be delayed. Opening the winter road as soon as possible remains a priority for the municipality, but the opening is dependent on weather and the progress crews make ensuring the road is safe and accessible. 
 
Currently, the ice crossings on the winter road are not safe for any vehicle passage. Crews continue to work on establishing a safe ice thickness capable of supporting light traffic 5,000 kg and lower. It is uncertain how long the opening of the winter road will be delayed. Regular testing is being done and the road will be opened as soon as it is safe for vehicle traffic. Further notice regarding the opening will be provided. 
 
Please remember that travelling on the winter road before it is open for public use is strictly prohibited and extremely dangerous. Motorists using the winter road before it is open are putting themselves and others at risk of a serious incident. This also has the potential to further delay the opening of the road.
 
It’s expected that when the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road initially opens, only light traffic 5,000 kg and lower will be permitted to use the road. Load limits will continue to be increased as the ice thickens and work on the road progresses. Please follow load limits as overly heavy vehicles could damage the road causing safety hazards or delays in reaching heavier limits.
 
Updates will be provided regularly as required. Check the following sources for the latest information:
 
Winter Road Hotline (recorded message) - 866-743-6111
Winter roads page – rmwb.ca/winterroads 
News room - rmwb.ca/news-room.htm
RMWB Facebook and Twitter accounts 
Pulse – 780-743-7000, toll free 1-800-973-9663 or online at rmwb.ca/pulse 

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