The Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce has come out in full support of the city’s stance on the location of the toll booth for the new low-level bridge in Cornwall.
“The chamber board of directors was recently given a briefing from the bridge corporation’s general manager,” said chamber president Rick Shaver. “(The briefing) was highly informative. Subsequently, the board discussed the crossing and its challenges.”
But the chamber remains of the opinion that any toll booths created in relation to the new bridge will have to be placed in such a way that free access is allowed for motorists looking to travel between the city and Cornwall Island.
The chamber supports the Seaway International Bridge Corporation’s desire to cllect tolls to ensure maintenance of the new bridge will continue.
“It is unacceptable to the chamber that Americans will have free access to Cornwall Island, which is a part of Ontario while Cornwall businesses and residents will have to pay,” said Shaver. “As our position clearly states, we understand the need for tolls and that has never been an issue. It’s a matter of where those tolls are collected.”