Dawson City ice bridge open to heavy traffic

A Big Ice truck spraying the bridge on Tuesday, January 14.

Construction of the ice bridge between Dawson City and West Dawson is now complete.

The 40-metre-wide lane is suitable for vehicles and loads up to 40,000 kilograms and has been certified as safe for use by Associated Engineering’s NOR-EX and Big Ice. They have also provided ice training to the maintenance crew in Dawson, who will continue to maintain the crossing into the spring.

 

The Dawson City ice bridge is now fully functional for both light and heavy traffic. I want to thank the contractors for their great work on the bridge and residents of Dawson City for their patience through the process.

Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn

Quick facts 
  • With the opening of this lane, the original 15-metre-wide lane, which was intended for use by light vehicles up to 5,000 kilograms, will be shut down. All traffic crossing the ice bridge will use the newly completed lane.

  • Vehicles crossing the ice bridge should travel in the centre of their designated lane, without stopping or parking on the ice bridge.

  • This marks the first time since the winter of 2015–16 that a certified crossing has been completed at the traditional location.

Contact 

Stewart Burnett
Cabinet Communications
867-332-0480
stewart.burnett@gov.yk.ca

Brittany Cross
Communications, Highways and Public Works
867-456-3825
brittany.cross@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
20-009