January 31, 2020 – Northern Ontario Winter Roads Update

Winter Road Update January 31 2020

THUNDER BAY – The northern winter roads network provides a vital connection for transportation in Northern Ontario. Via the winter roads, critical goods, diesel fuel, construction equipment, and housing needs can be delivered to northern remote communities.

As of the latest report on January 31, 2020 – North Caribou Lake First Nation remains the only community that can be accessed by transport trucks with full loads.

There are six communities where the winter road is currently closed as of the time of this report. Temporarily Closed Due to Weather: Wawakapewin, Kasabonika Lake, Wapekeka, Kingfisher Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, and Wunnumin Lake.

 

Thirty-four of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s 49 member First Nations are remote, accessible only by air or seasonal roads. The winter road network. The winter road network consists of five district corridors, stretching over approximately 2,800 kilometers across NAN territory, with each corridor connecting a series of First Nations.

In total there are 29 First Nations connected:

Corridor 1 – Pikangikum, Poplar Hill, North Spirit Lake, Deer Lake & Sandy Lake

Corridor 2 – North Caribou, Keewaywin, Koocheching, Muskrat, Sachigo, Bearskin & Cat Lake

Corridor 3 – Wunnumin, Wawakapewin, Kingfisher, Kasabonika, Wapekeka & Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (see Closure Notice)

Corridor 4 – Neskantaga, Webequie, Nibinamik, Eabametoong & Marten Falls

Corridor 5 – Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan & Moose Cree

Corridor 6 – Fort Severn & Weenusk

As of Friday, January 31, 2020:

Road Capacity Overview – 31 Winter Road Connected Communities

 Communities Under construction:   6

Temporarily Closed Due to Weather: 6

Communities Open to Light:  15

Communities Open to Partial:  3

Communities Open to Full:  1

Corridor One – Western Corridor: Pikangikum, Poplar Hill, North Spirit Lake, Deer Lake, Sandy Lake, Keewaywin (realignment and road opening anticipated this winter road season)

Under Construction:       Sandy Lake, Keewaywin

Open to Light:                Pikangikum, Poplar Hill, Deer Lake

Open to Partial Loads:    North Spirit Lake

Open to Full:                  none

Temporarily Closed Due to Weather:  none

Corridor Two – Central Corridor: North Caribou Lake, Muskrat Dam, Bearskin Lake, Sachigo Lake, Cat Lake

Under Construction:       Cat Lake

Open to Light:                Muskrat Dam, Bearskin Lake, Sachigo Lake

Open to Partial Loads:    none

Full Loads:                      North Caribou Lake

Temporarily Closed Due to Weather:  none

Corridor Three – Middle Corridor: Kingfisher Lake, Wunnumin Lake, Wawakapewin, Kasabonika Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Wapekaka

Under Construction:      none

Open to Light:               (Wawakapewin, Kasabonika Lake, Wapekeka, Kingfisher Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Wunnumin Lake)

Open to Partial Loads:    none

Open to Full Loads:        none

Temporarily Closed Due to Weather: Wawakapewin, Kasabonika Lake, Wapekeka, Kingfisher Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Wunnumin Lake

Corridor Four – Eastern Corridor: Neskantaga, Nibinamik, Webequie, Eabametoong, Marten Falls

 Under Construction:       Marten Falls

Open to Light:               Eabametoong, Webequie

Open to Partial Loads:    Nibinamik, Neskantaga

Open to Full Loads:        none

Temporarily Closed Due to Weather:  none

Corridor Five – Far North Corridors: Moose Cree, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat, Weenusk, Fort Severn

 Under Construction:       Fort Severn, Weenusk

Open to Light:                 Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat, Moose Cree

Open to Partial Loads:    none

Open to Full Loads:        none

Temporarily Closed Due to Weather:  none

Other Winter Road Connected First Nations: Temagami, Animaki Wa Zhing #37, Northwest Angle #33

Under Construction:       none

Open to Light:               Animakee Wa Zhing #37, Northwest Angle #33, Temagami

Open to Partial Loads    none

Open to Full Loads:        none

Temporarily Closed Due to Weather:  none