Delaware Memorial Bridge toll increase unanimously approved

David Madden
December 18, 2018 - 2:01 pm
Delaware Memorial Bridge

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (KYW Newsradio) —  It’ll cost more come March to use the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a 25 percent increase in tolls from $4 to $5 for most drivers. 

Some 50,000 vehicles a day use the twin bridges connecting New Castle County, Del., and Salem County, N.J. It’s been eight years since tolls last went up, and Delaware River and Bay Authority Board Chairman Jim Hogan says, given necessary improvements in the name of safety, there was no way around the need for additional revenue.

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"You have to keep in mind that we were the lowest in the region. No one like to pay more for anything," Hogan said.

Work totalling $440 million will be funded over the next several years by the hike, which will bring the toll on the Delaware Memorial in line with the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, all run by the Delaware River Port Authority.

This hike was modified slightly to give frequent users of the Memorial Bridge a bit of a break. 

Governors in Delaware or New Jersey could veto the plan. The Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol bridges will remain at $4 per round trip.