Proposed toll hike on Delaware Memorial Bridge to be discussed at hearing tonight

The Delaware River and Bay Authority begins a series of public hearings tonight on a proposal to raise the toll to $4 on the Delaware Memorial Bridge. 

The suggested $1 increase would apply to passenger vehicles and and trucks, and there would be a corresponding per-axle for commercial vehicles.  The hearing begins at 7:00 p.m. tonight (Wednesday April 27th) at the Vincent A. Julia Center adjacent to the Delaware Memorial Bridge toll plaza in New Castle.  According to the agency, revenue projections are not sufficient to provide borrowing capacity or cash to finance necessary infrastructure investment projects.  The DRBA proposes various improvements on the Delaware Memorial Bridge and I-295 as well as the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.  The agency maintains without raising tolls, it could face having to pay higher interest rates on its debt.  A second hearing is being held Thursday April 28th at Salem Community College in Carneys Point NJ, also at 7:00 p.m.

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