B.C. bridge has golden first week

VANCOUVER — A lot of motorists were eagerly awaiting the opening of the Golden Ears Bridge, about 17,000 more per day than expected actually.

After three years of construction and about $800 million, traffic opened on the Fraser River crossing last week. Numbers from TransLink had 329,000 vehicles crossing the bridge during the first week, an average of 47,000 crossings per day.

The projected daily crossings for the new bridge had been estimated at 30,000.

The bridge will remain toll-free for the first month, until July 16. TransLink hopes to have the debt paid off by 2041, while revenue from tolls will also be used for maintenance and operation.

Registered trucks with and OBU will pay a toll of $8.30, registered trucks with video will pay $8.90 and unregistered trucks will pay $9.40.

— with files from the Vancouver Sun

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