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.