The Maryland Transportation Authority’s electronic toll collection system means travelers from Delaware and elsewhere should consider using E-ZPass.
A toll booth removal project is underway at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) west of the Delaware line. One toll lane and the associated toll booth at the US 40 Hatem Bridge are closing as a step toward the October implementation of cashless tolls.
Delaware went the cashless route with the opening of a new Route 301 toll roard around Middletown.
Motorists will be able to use the remaining three toll lanes and booths available. A cash toll lane will remain available at the Hatem Bridge plaza, and E-ZPass is accepted in all open toll lanes. Weather permitting, the toll booth closure will be completed by the morning of Thursday, Aug. 8.
In October, drivers who do not have E-Z pass will be billed via license plate at a 50 percent higher rate than with E-Z Pass. Commuters can get a Maryland E-Z pass that offers discounts.
Discount plans are available for commuters and other frequent users.
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