Truck toll increase proposed for Delaware Memorial Bridge

| Monday, June 11, 2007

A proposed toll increase on the Delaware Memorial Bridge could have truckers carrying more of the burden for repairs than the drivers of passenger vehicles.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority is reviewing three proposals for toll increases to repair and modernize the bridge. All three proposals include per-axel toll increases of 50 cents to $1 for commercial vehicles, while passenger vehicles would face either a 50-cent increase or no increase at all.

The authority scheduled four public meetings – two in Delaware and two in New Jersey – to gather public input about which of the three options to choose.

The first Delaware hearing was a workshop on June 7. The public hearing for Delaware is scheduled for 7 p.m., June 20, in the second-floor auditorium of the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French St., Wilmington.

Public meetings in New Jersey include a workshop at 7 p.m., June 18 followed by a public hearing at 7 p.m. June 26, both at the Salem Community College Student Union Center, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carney’s Point Township.

The toll authority recently outlined a capital-improvement plan totaling more than $60 million.

“Based on the current toll structure at the Delaware Memorial Bridge, future revenues will be inadequate for the Authority to fund the essential capital infrastructure needs of the agency’s crossing facilities,” authority officials stated in a press release.

The public can submit written comments up to 30 days following the hearing to:

Delaware River and Bay Authority
c/o the Public Information Office
P.O. Box 71
New Castle, DE 19720

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