Overview

We gathered feedback from stakeholders to understand the potential impacts and opportunities of introducing road user fees to finance the construction of a Highway 697 bridge over the Peace River near La Crete to replace the existing ferry at Tompkins Landing.

This bridge would replace the winter ice road crossing and aging seasonal ferry. Seasonal crossings are closed 30% of the year and are often disrupted by poor weather and wait times of up to 3 hours during peak periods. A reliable year-round bridge would reduce travel times and congestion, improve trade movements, and attract investment to the region.

The bridge is expected to cost $200 million and is not in the 2020-23 Capital Plan. A new financing approach using road user fees could allow this project to proceed during this time of fiscal challenges. Road user fee systems exist in 5 provinces and territories.
 

Timeline

  • Open

    August 18 to August 28, 2020

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Transportation

Stakeholder engagement

Government officials met with stakeholders on August 24 in LA Crete and August 25 in High Level, including:

  • local municipal and Indigenous governments
  • retail, freight and transportation sector
  • construction sector
  • agriculture sector
  • forestry sector

Outcomes

Feedback will help us determine support for building this project through alternative financing and how road user fees could be implemented for the project.

While a decision has not yet been made, we heard strong support for financing this project using road user fees at recent engagement sessions.

Participants also shared feedback that a user fee system should be straight-forward to use and should not significantly disadvantage businesses and residents that frequently use the crossing.
 

Contact

Albertans can share feedback or ask questions by contacting us:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-415-9961
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: roaduserfees.engagement@gov.ab.ca

Last updated: September 14, 2020