Sea to Sky Hwy. could carry tolls

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SQUAMISH, B.C. — An off-hand remark by B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell Tuesday that the province could consider making an improved Sea to Sky Hwy. a toll route has sparked some interest.

While many politicians are in support of placing tolls on an upgraded and widened Hwy. 99, others are concerned about the implications.

Squamish Coun. Ian Sutherland, told local media that "I think that (tolls) would be a real problem. If it’s the only available access route, there has to be some kind of concession for people who have to use it on a regular basis." Many log haulers would fit into that category, as the area supports a vital forestry industry.

Another option being floated about is building a brand new road to Whistler.

The folks who bought the toll Hwy. 407 in the Greater Toronto Area are considering getting involved in the project.

"Our shareholders would be interested in looking at the request for proposals if it’s issued," 407 ETR Concession Company spokesman, Dale Albers, tells local media.

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