What your tolls pay for
The Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project (PMH1 Project) includes construction of a new 10-lane Port Mann Bridge, 37 kilometres of highway widening from Vancouver to Langley, including 30 kilometres of new HOV lanes, and the replacement of nine highway interchanges.
These improvements will significantly reduce congestion and travel times along the Lower Mainland's busiest and most congested highway and represent a dramatic improvement over the existing bridge and infrastructure.
Congestion on the old Port Mann Bridge lasted up to 14 hours a day - essentially, an all-day rush hour. Built in the 1960s when the population of the area was only 800,000, the former bridge just could not accommodate the growing population, which is now nearly three times what it was then.
Today, most drivers will see their travel times cut in half, with some drivers saving as much as an hour per day.
Before a final decision was made to build the PMH1 Project, a comprehensive public consultation process was conducted. The consultation reviewed the designs under consideration as well as whether the project should be tolled. The majority of the participants supported a proposed toll, particularly one that could be designed to promote HOV use and encourage large trucks to travel outside of peak hours. The final tolling framework for the new Port Mann Bridge was designed based on this input.
Where your tolls go
Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp) is a Provincial Crown Corporation responsible for construction of the PMH1 Project, ongoing maintenance of the bridge and highway.
TI Corp will collect the toll revenue and ensure it is used to pay directly for the costs associated with building the project. The total cost to build the project is $3.3 billion, and TI Corp expects to take approximately 40 years to repay the project debt. Once the project has been paid for, tolls will be removed from the Port Mann Bridge.
Each year TI Corp releases a service plan and annual report that documents the money borrowed to pay for the project and the revenues received. Future annual reports will include the details regarding the remaining debt. View the most recent service plan and/or annual report now.
Why all bridges aren't tolled
Before tolling a bridge, the Province of British Columbia has stated it must receive a significant capacity upgrade and has committed that a free, non-tolled, alternative must be available. The new South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) provides that alternative to the new bridge and allows fast and convenient access to the Pattullo Bridge as well as the Alex Fraser Bridge and George Massey Tunnel in later phases. The new SFPR between 176 Street and the Pattullo Bridge is now available for use.
Drivers using the South Fraser Perimeter Road and the Pattullo Bridge are able to do so in about the same amount of time it once took to travel the old Port Mann Bridge.