My intrepid friend Carol Patterson drives the new Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway …
What’s it like to drive a road built for climate change in the northernmost part of Canada? – It’s a technological marvel and one of Canada’s most exotic road trips.
Costing $300 million for 137 kilometers, engineers planned for the effects of climate change. The nearby Dempster highway (which connects to the Tuktoyaktuk highway) has seen maintenance increase $200K/year from climate change effects.
The new Tuktoyaktuk road is elevated. It ‘floats’ on the permafrost and takes a circuitous route to allow for natural drainage of the land.