Edmontonians seem to be happy after the first weekday commute around the completed Anthony Henday Drive, and truck drivers seem to agree with the sentiment.
Trucker Gilles Dufour says they can save a lot of time by taking the Henday.
“I think we’re going to save another half-hour, maybe three-quarters of an hour, instead of going south,” says Dufour.
Dufour says that means less fuel spent, and more money saved.
“I do six-point-five miles a gallon,” he explains. “So if I save two gallons, you know, that’s a couple bucks, three dollars, five dollars.”
He adds driving through the city is time consuming, and Edmonton drivers are often a bit too aggressive around big trucks.
“Cars come beside you on the third lane, and they want to go on the exit right there, so they cut you off, and you have to break,” says Dufour. “When you’ve got a big load on the back, you know, you’ve got to pay attention.” (scb)