Delaware River toll boost delayed

| 5/3/2002

A planned toll hike at seven Delaware River bridges has been postponed from late July to at least November while construction contracts for E-ZPass booths are rebid. The delay reportedly will cost the commission about $6 million in lost revenue.

The new toll rate structure approved in December is tied to the E-ZPass system's implementation. The new rates will fund a 10-year, $545 million dollar maintenance plan for the seven toll bridges and 13 free bridges DRJTBC maintains and operates.

Once the rate hike goes into effect, per-axle tolls on trucks crossing the Trenton-Morrisville bridge will increase (quadruple) from 50 cents to $2.25 for 2002 and 2003. Per-axle costs on the New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202), Interstate 78, Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22), Portland-Columbia, Delaware Water Gap and Interstate 80, and Milford-Montague bridges will more than triple from $1 to $3.25. Cash tolls for cars will double from 50 cents to $1 on four of the bridges and from $1 to $1.25 on the rest.