Saturday's Arctic conditions didn't seem to bother traffic along Freedom Road. Drivers along the link between the Trans-Canada and the man-made island at Shoal Lake 40 also weren't deterred by the prominent signs, which said travelers were using the unfinished road at their own risk.
Instead, the half-hour route from Shoal Lake to Manitoba fit right in, between the ice roads and highways of the area. The sporadic appearance of heavy equipment and mounds of aggregate the reminders of work unfinished.
But, already, there are plans for the grand opening of one of the more famous segments of road in the northwest, if not the province. Kenora MP Bob Nault expects the event to be later this year, with construction on the twinning of Hwy. 17 expected to start in the fall.
For more information: