The new 97-kiloemetre, permanent all-season road will connect the community of Whati to the territorial highway system. The roadway will be a two-lane gravel road, and will include four bridges and one large arched culvert.
In addition to the community benefit that the permanent roadway will create for the people of Whati, the roadway will also provide Fortune Minerals Limited with a means to to transport metal concentrates from its NICO Mine to the company;s refinery in Saskatchewan.
The cintract for construction of the new roadway was awarded in February 2019. Construction began in August. The Tlicho Government owns a 20 per cent stake in the roadway.