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US developer eyes truck-only eastern toll highway

CALAIS, Maine -- A US company wants to construct a 350-km truck-only toll highway connecting Calais, Maine to the Q...


CALAIS, Maine — A US company wants to construct a 350-km truck-only toll highway connecting Calais, Maine to the Quebec-Maine border.

Cianbro Corporation says the road could trim five hours of driving time from the trip from Calais to Montreal. The current drive takes about 10 hours. The toll road would not limit truck weights, according to Peter Vigue, president of Cianbro, who recently discussed the plan with the CBC.

“We need to save them a minimum of 50% of the cost that it would cost them to go up over the north end of Maine,” he told the CBC.

The company said it could have the new route built within seven years. However, some Maritime communities have voiced concern that the highway would divert traffic off the Trans-Canada Hwy., harming communities along the way.


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