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TransLink to seek public opinion on toll bridge

LANGLEY, B.C. -- Drivers in the Greater Vancouver area will soon have a chance to provide TransLink with their thou...


LANGLEY, B.C. — Drivers in the Greater Vancouver area will soon have a chance to provide TransLink with their thoughts on a proposed toll bridge spanning the Fraser River.

A public consultation process is expected to begin in January, after details about the bridge and the cost of construction will be made public.

The proposed bridge will link Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows with Langley and Surrey along the 200th St. alignment.

Pitt Meadows mayor and TransLink board member, Don MacLean, says a toll is a logical way to recoup some of the costs of constructing the bridge.

"I think largely, if it’s good value for money paid, people will support it," MacLean tells local media. "People are saying ‘There are no more free bridges.’" He adds the cost will be minimal compared to the cost of travelling an extra 30 minutes.

TransLink plans to have a better idea of whether or not to proceed with the plan by next spring.


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