The federal government will collect all tolls on the new Champlain Bridge, for at least two years, until the private construction company completes all work related to the new span and the corridor leading to the bridge.
Transport Canada said from the time the bridge opens in 2018 until the end of the work in 2020, the private partner will not collect any revenue from toll booths, according to La Presse.
The contractor will need to complete work on the Nuns’ Island bridge, as well as widening part of Highway 15.
The paper speculated that if the per vehicle rate is $3 multiplied by the current volume (59.4 million vehicles per year), the government will collect $178 million per year, or $488,000 per day.
Transport Canada said it’s still too early to determine the anticipated usage on the new span.