PENTICTON, B. C. – B. C. has lifted tolls on the Coquihalla Hwy.,a move that will save some truckers thousands of dollars per year, the province has announced.
B. C. Premier Gordon Campbell made the announcement last month, claiming the tolls collected by highway users have now fully funded the highway’s construction.
The toll road was opened in 1986 and expanded through to 1990. About 20% of vehicles using the toll route are commercial trucks, according to the province. It cost about $848 million to construct the highway and tolls generated about $57 million per year.
“Removing the tolls will mean thousands of dollars in annual saving for truckers who account for 20% of traffic along the corridor but pay more than half of the total toll revenue,” Campbell said.
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