Delaware Memorial Bridge tolls to rise July 1
It's not just Maryland that's raising tolls.
The price of crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge in a two-axle passenger vehicle is scheduled to rise from $3 to $4 July 1 after the Delaware River and Bay Authority adopted a new toll schedule last week. Tolls at the bridge are collected from southbound drivers only.
The bridge, which crosses the Delaware River between the Wilmington area and southern New Jersey on Interstate 95, is part of the most heavily traveled route between the Baltimore area and New York. It is the first toll increase at the facility since 2000.
The governors of New Jersey and Delaware could still veto the increases, but such a move could have negative consequences for the authority's bond rating. Those bonds were already downgraded by Standard & Poor's in March.
The Delaware bridge toll increase comes as the Maryland Transportation Authority is weighing a proposal by its staff to raise tolls at its facilities this year and again in 2013. Among the increases being proposed in Maryland is an increase in the $2.50 toll on the Bay Bridge to $5 this October and to $8 in 2013. The Bay Bridge is about a 5-mile-long bridge, while the Delaware bridge crosses a river at a point where it is less than a mile wide. Both collect tolls in only one direction.
Officials of the Delaware River authority said the toll increase was necessary to make infrastructure improvements to keep up with the effects of age and heavy use of the 60-year-old bridge. The authority said that without the increase, it would not be able to maintain the required ratio of revenue to debt to avoid higher interest rates.