Delaware adds to E-ZPass appreciation
One trip on Delaware Route 1 on a summer weekend was all it took to justify keeping E-ZPass despite the $1.50-a-month fee Marylanders now have to pay for the privilege.
The Delaware highway, a toll road for most of the stretch between Interstate 95 and the south side of Dover, is equipped with toll collection devices that let you fly by in the E-ZPass lanes without slowing down.
Meanwhile, last Saturday, there were backups at two cash toll plazas of a half-mile or more. For the record, traffic slows to a crawl on beach weekends on the part of Delaware 1 that is non-toll between Dover Air Force Base and the U.S. 113 split. After the split, Route 1 returned to normal highway speeds until hitting the outskirts of Lewes. Even with the backup, we found it a highly viable alternative to the Bay Bridge for a trip from Parkville to Rehoboth Beach. With E-ZPass, of course.
The return trip Monday evening took about 2 1/2 hours, with one stop for gas.