Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Warm Weather Melts Plans to Build Ice Bridge over Yukon River at Dawson City

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Warm Weather Melts Plans to Build Ice Bridge over Yukon River at Dawson City

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Warm weather thwarts Yukon River ice bridge

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DAWSON CITY, Yukon - Unseasonably warm weather in Yukon is cold comfort for residents of Dawson City who depend on an ice bridge across the Yukon River to connect the community during the winter months.

The territorial government's plans to create an "ice Band-Aid" to the Yukon River outside the community have been suspended because balmy conditions are thwarting efforts to freeze a 90-metre gap of open water between Dawson and West Dawson.

Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn announced $200,000 last month to spray ice water over the gap in an effort to promote freeze-up.

A social media post from him on Monday says warm weather has impeded the project.

Daytime temperatures did not fall below freezing on several days last week, although Environment Canada lists the average January high for the community at -22. …

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