Markell administration to boost Delaware road tolls

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Driving is about to get pricier for Delaware motorists. 

State Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt told lawmakers Thursday that the Markell administration plans to raise tolls on Route 1 by a dollar on weekends to raise more revenue for road maintenance.

The current weekend toll of $2 will increase to $3. The weekday toll will remain at $1.

Bhatt also says his agency will increase borrowing by $20 million next year to pay for road maintenance and repairs.

The administration’s decision comes after lawmakers balked at Gov. Jack Markell’s proposal to raise Delaware’s gas tax by 10 cents a gallon and increase borrowing by $50 million a year to pay for road and bridge work over the next five years.

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