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Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway

Connecting Canadian communities from coast to coast to coast

  • 140

    Kilometres

  • 8

    Bridges

  • Inuvik, Northwest Territories

    Inuvik, Northwest Territories

Connecting people and strengthening communities

The Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, a settlement north of the Arctic Circle on the shore of the Beaufort Sea, was looking to build a road. A road would provide new economic opportunities for residents and industry while encouraging tourism, strengthening community relationships, and decreasing the cost of living. Together with the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Department of Transportation, and the Town of Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk proposed a 140-kilometre, all-weather, two-lane, gravel highway: the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway (ITH).

Projects in northern Canada face unique challenges because of their remote location and extreme weather. The ITH needed to sit on top of the permafrost, to prevent its exposure to warm air and protect the structural stability of the roadway. Bridges and drainage structures were designed to minimize fabrication on-site.

The ITH runs over both arctic tundra and boreal forest—some of the most rugged terrain in Canada and some of the most sensitive. To address this, the construction of the frozen embankment and bridge foundations occurred during the winter months to avoid damaging the underlying tundra. To protect the environment, culvert designers ensured the speed of water through the culverts was consistent with the physical abilities of the marine life.

Now complete, the ITH connects the community of Tuktoyaktuk with Southern Canada, fulfilling a national dream of connecting every coast in the country.

At a Glance

Offices
CCE Award, 2018
Canadian Consulting Engineering/ Award of Excellence, Transportation
CCE Award, 2018
Canadian Consulting Engineering, Engineering, A Better Canada Award
ACEC-BC Award, 2018
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-BC, Award of Excellence, Transportation & Bridges

The Road to Tuktoyaktuk

This highway connects southern Canada directly to the Arctic coastline. Stantec and our Inuvialuit partner, KAVIK-Stantec, are proud to have played a substantial role in its design and construction.

Meet Our Team

Erica Bonhomme, Principal

My career is a commitment to learning from others, learning from experience and bringing that knowledge to our clients to deliver business excellence.

Ren Cheng, Associate, Senior Bridge Engineer

There are always some weak spots in the structure, you must and will find them somewhere.
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Yves Cormier, Principal, Geotechnical Engineering

I’m in the consulting business because I like to help people; I like variety and I like challenges. I like working for Stantec because our clients understand that we provide value beyond price, which speaks to who we are as an organization and who we strive to be.
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Warren McLeod, Principal

Seeing a project go from paper to reality—to a finished product in use by the community—makes every challenge worthwhile.

Arlen Foster, Associate, Civil/Environmental Engineer

I enjoy teaming with clients, contractors and designers to manage risks the Arctic brings, producing a product that all are proud of.
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  • Erica Bonhomme

    Principal

  • Ren Cheng

    Associate, Senior Bridge Engineer

  • Yves Cormier

    Principal, Geotechnical Engineering

  • Warren McLeod

    Principal

  • Arlen Foster

    Associate, Civil/Environmental Engineer

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