French firm Egis Projects said its unit Transroute International Canada Services will operate the electronic free-flow tolling on the Canadian city Vancouver’s Golden Ears Bridge until 2017.

The free-flow system, which does not require vehicles to stop or slow down at a toll point, is being operated by the company under a C$59m ($55m) contract.

Crossing the Fraser River from Pitt Meadows to Langley and Surrey the six-lane bridge is a key component of the Metro Vancouver region’s road development programme.

The bridge links two major residential and industrial communities, cutting the average crossing time by 30 to 45 minutes, serving 22,000 vehicles daily.