Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials reported that the Delaware Memorial Bridge Twin Spans registered a milestone year for traffic volume in 2019.
For the 12 months ended December 31, the bridge handled 18,288,314 vehicles through the southbound toll plaza, eclipsing the previous record of 17,813,664 set in 2016. The 2019 traffic totals also represent 2.9 percent year-over-year increase.
In addition to registering more than 18 million vehicles in a calendar year for the first time ever, the Delaware Memorial Bridge also established other traffic records in 2019, including:
- Best single month in history – August 2019 with 1,845,190 surpassing the previous all-time record month of August 2003 (1,818,185)
- All-time record traffic for months of April, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.
- First time October and November numbers topped 1.5 million
- Most number of 60,000+ days in one year – 56
- Most number of 65,000+ days in one year – 31
- Topped 70,000+ vehicle days in one year – 8
- Highest traffic volume for a weekend period (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) set on August 16-18 – 211,685 vehicles
- Best ever Good Friday traffic volume of 73,198 set on April 19
Vincent P. Meconi, Chief Operations Officer for the DRBA, indicated that the record traffic volume on the Delaware Memorial Bridge could be attributed to a number of factors, including an improving economic climate, stable gasoline prices, and favorable weather conditions.
“Not only was the fall and early winter one of the warmest on record, but the region did not experience the tropical or winter storms that have a significant effect on overall traffic during a more typical season,” Meconi said. “The Bridge experienced positive year-over-year growth in all vehicle classes and; hopefully, this trend can continue for another year.”
At the same time, Meconi cautioned Delaware Memorial Bridge customers regarding the ongoing construction work related to the Pin & Link Replacement, Steelwork Repair and Suspender Rope Replacement Program as well as Bridge Painting projects. Periodic lane closures are expected. “Our engineers have designed these important capital projects to minimize traffic delays to the extent possible, but we do occasionally expect them, particularly during peak travel times,” Meconi said. “Motorists are encouraged to follow us on Twitter for the latest construction news and traffic conditions.”