Mushkegowuk James Bay All-Season Road Feasibility Study

James Bay Region, Ontario

The Mushkegowuk Council retained Morrison Hershfield to assess the feasibility of a new all-season road connecting four western James Bay communities to each other and the provincial highway network. Complexities including a vast study area, challenging geotechnical conditions, and diverging community views were overcome through extensive community engagement, careful and transparent assessment of corridor alternatives, and innovative design methodologies to select a new 525 km all-season road route. This ambitious project could potentially transform life for members of these remote communities. The jury was impressed with the social benefits deriving from a travel route that would decrease cost of living to residents in a large area, while addressing technical challenges such as pavement design over muskeg and applauded the workshops which customized the solution to the needs of the various communities. 

View ACEC’s press release for this project.
View more about this project in Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine.