More than a dozen NWT access roads and bridges – including the Frank Channel Bridge – are set to receive major facelifts over the next two years thanks to over $80 million in new funding announced this week.

Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod and territorial transportation minister Wally Schumann announced the funding on behalf of their respective governments Thursday.

Read: Feds provide over $16 million in funding for 13 NWT projects

Altogether, the Government of Canada will contribute over $60.6 million to the 13 projects while the GNWT will cover the remaining $20.2 million.

The federal funding, which is being provided under Ottawa’s Small Communities Fund, will help support the rehabilitation of three access roads and nine bridges throughout the territory.

A four-bay highway maintenance facility will also be built in James Creek.

Schumann says he expects most of the projects to be completed over a two-year period, with the bulk of the work taking place next summer.

“Investments in the Northwest Territories’ transportation system help to improve the safety of the travelling public, adapt to the effects of climate change … and support economic opportunities in our communities,” he said.

“Funding agreements with Canada are critical for these transportation infrastructure improvements, and we hope to continue this successful partnership.”

The following projects will receive funding as part of Thursday’s announcement:GRAPH5