Tolls on new Champlain Bridge not up for negotiation

Federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel says the Harper government is willing to trade the goodwill of building a replacement for the Champlain Bridge, for the ill will surrounding Ottawa's decision to impose a bridge toll.

Lebel says the decision  to have a "user pay" system in place is irrevocable and a matter of fairness.

He says the provincial government has introduced tolls on Highway's 25 and 30, sees no issue with a toll on the new bridge and the case is closed.

The bridge is scheduled to be completed by 2018.

The price tag has varied from three to five billion dollars.

The toll rate has not been set, but Lebel says once it is set it will be capped.

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  1. Sue posted on 04/16/2014 08:07 AM
    Years ago there was a toll on the Champlain Bridge, what did they do with all the money from those days. If the bridge is going to be a toll bridge, then the tolls collected should be used for the upkeep of the bridge and not for anything else. Our bridges and roads in and around the city are a disgrace!!!!
  2. GSG posted on 04/16/2014 08:24 AM
    OK. So if the Feds are so fixated on tolls, the local politicians should just agree, then place a maximum toll of 10 cents. That should keep everyone happy.
  3. Paul posted on 04/16/2014 09:38 AM
    When then mayor Gerald Tremblay was asked what was the first thing the mayor wanted from the new Champlain bridge, Mr Tremblay replied: tolls. He wanted tolls.
    His legacy continues to wreak havoc on everyday citizens.
  4. markR posted on 04/16/2014 11:55 AM
    I agree 100%. Let the users pay for it. I would also suggest they place the tolls on all other bridges leading to Montreal as well.
  5. Tom posted on 04/16/2014 12:31 PM
    Totally agree with tolls on the bridge. If you use it pay for it maintenance. The price will not be as high as some say and it will be a variable toll based on the time of day used. As for the argument from the city that it will destroy businesses downtown the city is doing that quite well themselves. Poor road conditions, congestion, expensive parking meters, many meters restricted for no parking over past couple months. Much easier and cheaper (even with tolls) to drive to south shore to shop with ample free parking.
  6. George73 posted on 04/16/2014 04:52 PM
    Lebel has it exactly right.

    If the provincial government levies tolls on highways 25 and 30, how can they object to tolls on the Champlain's replacement?

    Of course, they always have the option to pay for the new Champlain with provincial tax dollars as long as they eliminate tolls on the 25 and 30. And before anyone complains, remember that the extension of highway 30 was to to benefit residents of Montreal island solely. The same residents that will never pay a penny in tolls as they go about their business. So why as an off-island (west) resident should I have to pay for the benefit of Montreal while south shore residents get a free ride?

    Of course, everyone will point out that Montreal is the economic driver of the province. Well get this. The off-island communities are not exactly wellfare recipients. Just where is all the manufacturing these days. On Rene Levesque?
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