Pictou ponders truck tolls

PICTOU, N.S. (April 17, 2000) — The town of Pictou, N.S., receives its fair share of truck traffic but not its fair share of provincial funds for road improvements, so city officials are threatening to charge a toll for heavy trucks to use its main streets.

Trucks use the streets to haul processed pulp from a Kimberley Clark plant to a wharf.

Provincial funding for local road repairs ended in 1997. But the town’s mayor, Lawrence LeBlanc, said cities such as Halifax and Yarmouth still receive money from the province because they are ports. LeBlanc and Pictou councilors want similar treatment for Pictou, or they will impose tolls on the truck route.

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