As the Deh Cho Bridge marked the fourth anniversary of its official opening on Nov. 30, the territorial government says it is on track to pay off the $202-million structure by 2046.
That is according to Ioana Spiridonica, spokesperson for the Department of Transportation.
The GNWT took out a 35-year, $165.4 million loan in bonds in 2011 to pay for the bridge which spans the Mackenzie River at Fort Providence.
All northbound commercial vehicles over 4,500 kilograms are subject to a toll at the bridge. Compliance is monitored through on-road patrols and an electronic toll monitoring system, which includes high-resolution cameras for capturing images of all bridge traffic. Northbound commercial vehicles have to pay a toll which ranges from $97 to $398 per crossing, depending upon how many axles. The bridge, on Highway 3, links Yellowknife and the North Slave Region to the rest of the southern part of the territory.
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