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Toll bridge over Fraser under consideration

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. -- Truckers may have a new option available to them when crossing the Fraser River, but it won't...


MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — Truckers may have a new option available to them when crossing the Fraser River, but it won’t be free.

A comprehensive report is in the works on a proposed toll bridge spanning the Fraser River between Maple Ridge and Langley.

TransLink is behind the venture, which would cost well over $500 million. It’s still not clear whether TransLink would seek private funding for the new bridge, or rely on tolls alone to recoup the costs.

The only thing for certain is that there will be a fee attached to travelling the new bridge once it comes to fruition.

“It will be a toll bridge,” says Pitt Meadows Mayor Don MacLean, who represents Maple Ridge and Port Coquitlam on the TransLink board. “I certainly wouldn’t support it any other way.” He adds the report will be presented to city councils within the next couple of months.


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