Yukon North Of Ordinary

News archive for April 12, 2012

Work includes bridge widening, Range Road upgrades

The federal and territorial governments announced $37 million in joint funding for 15 infrastructure projects today.


Photo by Anna Crawford

BUILDING THE YUKON – Yukon MP Ryan Leef and Elaine Taylor, the Minister for Community Services, announce the infrastructure projects during this morning’s news conference at the Yukon government main administration building.

The federal and territorial governments announced $37 million in joint funding for 15 infrastructure projects today.

Both Yukon MP Ryan Leef, and Elaine Taylor, the Minister for Community Services, said the infrastructure projects will help create lasting jobs in the territory.

“Although Canada is emerging from the global economic recession better than most countries, there are still many challenges on the horizon. Many Canadians are still looking for work,” Leef told a morning news conference. He is spending time in the riding during the House of Commons’ two-week Easter break.

“We will continue to invest in infrastructure right across the country because we believe it is one of the best ways to create jobs in Canada.

“From upgrades to local roads and bridges, to new water and wastewater infrastructure, these initiatives are key elements in ensuring sustained growth and economic prosperity across Yukon.”

Lynn Standing, the director of municipal infrastructure development with Community Services, said construction will begin this year on some of the projects, including the second phase of reconstruction of roads in Ross River , the third phase of reconstruction on Watson Lake’s water and wastewater infrastructure and the continuing reconstruction of Black Street in Whitehorse.

The funds announced are part of $182.91 million over seven years, from the federal government for infrastructure projects as part of the Building Canada Plan.

“These investments are very good for our economy; they create new and lasting jobs and create competitiveness in our communities,” said Taylor.

Other infrastructure projects announced include:

• replacing the water pumphouse in Faro;

• Resurfacing roads in Carmacks;

• Resurfacing roads in Pelly Crossing;

• Creating a solid waste management system;

• Building a pumphouse in Teslin as part of phase three of construction on a new water treatment system;

• Geothermal energy development in Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation territory;

• Road upgrades in Teslin Tlingit Council territory;

• Widening Whitehorse’s Robert Campbell Bridge for bike lanes;

• More upgrades to Range Road;

• Upgrades to the intersection of Hospital Road and Lewes Boulevard;

• Upgrades to the Nisutlin Bay Bridge, including a seismic retrofit; and

• Upgrades to the Upper Liard Bridge, including new concrete deck and a seismic retrofit.

“The Building Canada Plan is making a positive impact in Yukon communities,” Taylor said.

“The Yukon government is pleased to support the important initiatives being announced today.”

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Who cares?

Apr 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

These projects don’t create permanent jobs. Why should we listen when they cut jobs elsewhere and then come back the next day telling us they are investing in jobs. It’s all one big joke. If filling in pot-holes is the best that those bright minds in Ottawa can come up with then I can’t see a very good future for Canada.


Apr 13, 2012 at 12:20 am

Hope the upgrades to range road include resurfacing near the trailer parks at the north end. Every year the pot holes get deeper and the city crews get more lax at making them smooth. Sometimes it looks like all they did was put a shovel full over the hole and didn’t pack it.

Be nice to drive home for once and not have to watch for potholes that will kill my suspension. Not to mention almost playing chicken with the city bus to avoid said potholes…

Miriam Smith

Apr 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I too hope that this money on Range Road is directed in the area of the trailer courts and the condo developments on River Ridge Lane - the housing that levels of government keep talking about also requires the upgrading commitment IN A TIMELY manner to the roads that will be sustaining higher traffic loads.  This section is also clearly going to be used as a connecting coordinator to the Whistle Bend Subdivision. For the people who have lived in this area for years and the new residents, the standard of this section of Range Road needs to be the same as the one connecting to two mile hill!!! Not the continued patch job that has been done.

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