many truckers are using a free bridge in Stockton, NJ, to cross
the Delaware River that local officials are asking the Delaware
River Joint Toll Bridge Commission to lower the weight limit to
keep trucks off, The Lambertville Beacon reported Sept. 17.
Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission increased the tolls
last November on seven bridges it maintains between New Jersey and
Pennsylvania. The tolls support maintenance on the total 20 bridges
over the river operated by the commission. In some cases, tolls
will increase 300 percent. On five of the bridges, The Intelligencer reported, five-axle truck tolls went from $4 to $11.25.
higher tolls have sparked anger from truckers and complaints from
businesses near the more expensive bridges, and Gov. James McGreevey
of New Jersey and Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania were recently
reported to be working out the details of a deal that would reduce
the tolls. New Jersey Assemblyman Guy Gregg, R-Washington Township,
told The Trenton Times that the reduction could be as much
as 25 cents per axel for trucks.
some truckers have apparently found their own way around the high-cost
river crossings, opting to use the free bridges operated by the
Joint Toll Bridge Commission instead. And that has spurred Stockton
residents and officials to action. The New Jersey State Police even
conducted truck weight checks at the bridge in August, The Beacon reported.
Neal Esposito told the newspaper that none of the trucks were found
to be in violation of weight restrictions.