Fredericton-Moncton Highway: 10 Years Later, TEST

The Fredericton-Moncton Highway officially opened on Oct. 23, 2001, after years of controversy over high accident rates, private-public partnerships and road tolls. The road may be open now but the debate has not subsided. In this interactive slideshow, CBC News will examine the past debates and the lingering questions surrounding the highway.
A decade after its opening, statistics show the new highway has drastically reduced accidents. But others are questioning the highway's financial legacy.

It is a poisoned chalice.

Donald Savoie, 2011

It was the traffic that kept us going. We just decided to say good-bye and close it all down.

Pam McCully, 2011

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What surprised me? The total amount of work required to keep the highway up to date and you can't rest.

Ross Mathers, 2011

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So we’ve seen a lot of small businesses that have closed, a few have opened but a number of them haven’t stayed.

Emily Palmer, 2011

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To build it the traditional way would have taken 20 years, there were just too many serious accidents to wait that long.

Sheldon Lee, 2011

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We've caught people in excess of 200 km/h ... that's very concerning.

Staff Sgt. Stephane Caron, 2011

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We've got to do something with the roads, it's a question of how we fund them.

Allan Maher, Oct. 7, 1993

My fear is that losing our highway will lead to economic stagnation in our town.

Peter Williams, 1996

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We've been fighting tolls from the very beginning and we'll fight them until the very end.

Protester, 1998

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This agreement in principle ... will lead to a reduction in the total cost of the project.

Bernard Lord, Dec. 17, 1999

This is a desperate attempt on the part of the opposition to mislead one more time the people of New Brunswick.

Bernard Lord, May 17, 2000

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We certainly need it ... it will save a lot of lives.

Everett Martin, Oct 23, 2001

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There is something up and we need to get answers.

Bernard Richard, Jan. 9, 2002

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I am absolutely certain that we did the right thing.

Denis Landry, Oct 24, 2006

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YOUR HIGHWAY STORIES

Send us your stories about the Fredericton-Moncton Highway. Share your favourite memories of the old highway or thoughts on the new highway after 10 years.

I think one of the best things is we've saved a number of lives.

Ross Mathers

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I woke up on that morning right after the long weekend with machines in my yard pulling out the pump. I had a very sad day.

Pam McCully

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Tolls would be a great idea as in Ontario's 407 if it means a well kept highway and safety.

June White, Oshawa, Ont.

Two years ago we took the new highway for the first time. It certainly felt a lot safer than the original one. Our only problem with the highway was no where to stop if we needed gas or just a break, unless we took the time to leave the highway.

Going from Fredericton to Moncton in the fastest and safest way possible should not include side trips. Where was the Irving Station with the great restaurant? Tolls would be a great idea as in Ontario's 407 if it means a well kept highway and safety.

It is surprising how money would end up in the ditch. But it does.

Jeremy MacDonald

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We were beat before we started.

Emily Palmer

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Most importantly ... is to get tourists to see parts of New Brunswick which they would miss if they would stay on the Trans-Canada because this province is absolutely gorgeous.

Bill Crouch

I remember travelling the old highway a lot with my dad when I was kid. He always used to want to stop and fish at all the little fishing spots.

Mike Brown

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It was a nice trip. I still like the old highway better.As far as the scenic view in the summertime and the falltime, the old highway is the best.

Jojo Breau

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Coming up the new one, it's nice and I like it because it's smoother and faster, but you miss all the scenery.

Joyce Sutton

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The 112 has deteriorated substantially, shoulders are a disgrace. It's really a hazard.

Diane Smiley

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It's what I don't see along the road, it's nowhere near the traffic ... it's a big difference.

James Stevens

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It is a beautiful highway and a much needed highway.

David Jackson, Edmonton, Alberta

It is a beautiful highway and a much needed highway. I remember when the toll controversy came up. In local parades the Toll Busters had a float with a toll booth and a man in a commissionaire uniform waiving people to come and pay their toll. The election campaign ads were a stroke of genius. These neutral message red signs reminding people of which party set the tolls.

Some say the tolls would have stayed on had the booth not been set up to capture traffic coming from all three major cities. If the booth had only been capturing the Fredericton-Moncton crowd the outcry would have been less severe.