SAINT JOHN -- A U.S. company is proposing a
dedicated truck toll highway connecting the borders of Maine, New
Brunswick and Quebec.
According to a CBC report, Cianbro Corp. says the private 350-km toll
highway would take trucks off other highways and cut about five hours
from the trip from Calais, Maine to Montreal -- a drive that usually
takes at least 10 hours currently.
Cianbro President Peter Vigue says the road would allow unlimited
weight limits, which would maximize industry capacity and save fuel and
Vigue was in Saint John last week to gauge the interests of Atlantic
businesses. He told CBC that he should know by early next year if the
project is feasible.
However, some critics are fearful that the $1 billion private highway
could undermine all the investment made recently to new Trans-Canada
Highway that just opened north of Woodstock.
The entire 516 kilometres of the Trans-Canada from the Nova Scotia
border to the Quebec border is now a divided, four-lane highway.
Earlier this month, work concluded on the last 98 km, from Grand Falls
and Woodstock, N.B.
-- with files from CBC