The ice road between Dettah and Yellowknife will be ready for use as of 11 a.m. Friday, January 11th for all vehicles weighing up to 5,000 kilograms.

The Department of Infrastructure said on Thursday that all measurements recorded indicated that the thickness of the ice is at least 35 centimetres, the requirement to proceed with construction.

This is the latest that the ice road has opened since the year 2000 when it also opened on the 11th.

It is illegal to drive on the ice road until it is open as the fine for doing so is $863.