Toll increase recommended for Delaware Memorial Bridge

David Madden
November 27, 2018 - 12:58 pm
Delaware Memorial Bridge

Delaware River and Bay Authority

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (KYW Newsradio) — Drivers who use the the Delaware Memorial Bridge could soon pay more to cross between New Jersey and Delaware.

It’s been eight years since the one-way toll has been increased. The proposal would take the charge from $4 to $5 for passenger cars, with other changes across the board to fund to fund $440 million of work on the bridge.

"We're in the fifth year of a 10-year complete overhaul of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, which, due to its age, condition and operating environment, there’s multiple upgrades that need to be done," Delaware River and Bay Authority spokesman Jim Salmon said.

Plans are to impose the toll hike on March 1.

"We're also looking to have nominal increases in discount frequent-traveler rates as well as commuter rates," Salmon added. "Commercial vehicles it’s looking to be a $2 per axel increase on those."

The passenger car rate, if increased, will bring the Delaware Memorial in line with the Commodore Barry, Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross Bridges operated by the Delaware River Port Authority.

Public hearings will be held Dec. 5 at the Julia Center, next to the toll plaza in New Castle, Del., and Dec. 6 at Salem Community College in Carneys Point, N.J.

Some 50,000 vehicles a day use the Delaware Memorial Bridge.