The Scudder’s Falls Bridge, which carries I-95 over the Delaware River near Trenton, will have tolls for the first time when a new bridge debuts in several years. The public will have a chance to weigh in on the plan Thursday. There won’t be any toll-takers at the new span.
The plan is not to have a conventional tollbooth at the new Scudder’s Falls Bridge. If you don’t have EZ Pass or sign up for electronic billing, you could get stuck with a major surcharge. Frank McCartney is Executive Director of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. He says to cover their costs of snapping photos of licenses plates and mailing bills, the administrative fees could be more than the proposed $1 toll.
“The current toll is a dollar, the registered video customer gets $1.75, the unregistered customer gets $3.50,” said McCartney.
McCartney says the toll bridge commission expects 84 percent of drivers to use EZ Pass. Construction of the new span, which will replace what is currently a free trip across the Delaware, is expected to begin in 2013.
The public hearing is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Bucks County near the Oxford Valley Mall.