Drivers give their 2 cents on proposed Delaware Memorial Bridge toll hike

Andrew Kramer
December 08, 2018 - 6:06 pm

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CARNEYS POINT, NJ (KYW Newsradio) - Drivers who use the Delaware Memorial Bridge to get between New Jersey and Delaware may soon have to pay more money to cross the bridge.

A proposal from the Delaware River and Bay Authority would increase tolls from $4 to $5 for passenger cars, among other rate increases. 

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this past week, those same drivers had two chances to hear from officials why this toll hike needs to happen. Those drivers also got to speak their minds.

"I just feel that it's not warranted," said Bill Widger from Pennsville, who attended one of the DRBA public hearings. "Sure Commodore Barry is $5 and you go to Ben Franklin, they're $5. Why do we have to be $5?"

The DRBA's answer to that is the toll increase would help fund $440-million in capitol improvements, although public information officer Jim Salmon understands the driver's frustrations.

"Nobody likes to pay more for services," he said. "But the Delaware Memorial Bridge needs these infrastructure investments for the future so future generations can enjoy them like we have."

The final toll increase vote is expected to happen later this month. Salmon told KYW Newsradio the public's input will most likely have an impact on the proposal.

You can still weigh in up until the vote, learn how here.

"We welcome your feedback," added Salmon.

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