Delaware Memorial Bridge tolls become effective May 1

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On May 1 at midnight, Delaware Memorial Bridge toll rates will increase for all vehicle classifications.

At approximately 11:50 p.m. on April 30, southbound traffic into Delaware may experience a minor delay as agency personnel move to the new toll rates and post appropriate signage in the toll plaza.

The new toll schedule is expected to generate about $32 million in additional revenue to fund the agency’s Capital Improvement Program.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority Commission approved the new Delaware Memorial Bridge toll schedule in late February.

Earlier, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy had vetoed the toll increase, calling it excessive. However, a compromise between the offices of Murphy and Delaware Gov. John Carney led to a slight reduction in tolls, with a 25-cent break for Delaware and New Jersey E-ZPass holders.

The River and Bay Authority is a two-state agency with governors having veto power over tolls.

Toll Rate Schedule, old toll and new toll

Non-Commercial

  • Passenger Car, Small Truck, from $4 to $5.
  • Passenger Car, Small Truck (E-ZPass),$4.75
  • Passenger Car w/ 1 Axle Trailer, from $6.00 to $7.50.
  • Passenger Car w/ 2 Axle Trailer, from $8 to $10.
  • Passenger Car w/ 3 Axle Trailer, $10 to $12.50.

Passenger Cars Discount Plans

  • Commuters (22 trips in 30 days), from $1 to $1.25. $1.25
  • Frequent Travelers (20 trips in 90 days), $1.25 to $1.75.

Trucks

  • 2 Axle, 6 Tire Vehicle, $10 to $12.
  • 3 Axle Vehicle, $15 to $21.
  • 4 Axle Vehicle, $20 to $28.
  • 5 Axle Vehicle, $25 to $35.
  • 6 Axle Vehicle, $30 to $42.

The following are some of the projects planned at Delaware Memorial Bridge and Cape May – Lewes Ferry during the next several years: Bridge Paint Removal and Recoating ($48.2 million); Suspension Rope Replacement ($24.5 million); Bridge Steelwork Repairs ($40.5 million); Pin and Link Rehabilitation on Both Structures of DMB ($19.7 million); Ship Collision Protection System ($45.2 million); Bridge Deck Repair ($21.5 million); Transfer Bridge Repairs at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry ($4.3 million); and Ferry Repowering Program ($9.5 million).

The Delaware Memorial Bridge is entirely financed by tolls but did receive a one-time federal grant for a portion of ship collection protection system’s cost.

The ferry operates at a loss and is subsidized by bridge tolls.

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