September traffic sets record at Delaware Memorial Bridge

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Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials reported record traffic volume for the month of September at the Delaware Memorial Bridge. 

The bridge handled 1,506,880 vehicles, eclipsing 1.5 million vehicles for the first time during September.  Continued strength in commercial traffic and passenger car volumes offsets weakness in daily commuter numbers for the month.

“The Delaware Memorial Bridge has now set record traffic volume for the months of June, July, and September this year,” said Thomas J. Cook, executive director of the DRBA.  “And, the bridge handled its second-most ever in August 2021.  Given the early trend this month, I expect October numbers to be close if not exceed the record monthly number of 1,534,595 set in 2019.”

Cook added that daily commuter traffic remains weak compared to 2019 numbers, reinforcing what some experts have suggested is a trend toward telecommuting for work while pent-up demand for vacations and travel persists.

Month                                          2021                                    2019                                 Diff

January                                   1,128,760                          1,242,187                       -113,427


February                                    947,280                          1,159,315                       -212,035


March                                     1,291,613                          1,338,425                         -46,812


April                                         1,407,160                          1,558,271                       -151,111


May                                         1,531,717                          1,598,712                         -66,554


June                                         1,627,547                          1,619,637                           +7,910


July                                           1,836,025                          1,723,331                      +112,694


August                                    1,825,524                          1,845,190                         -19,666


September                            1,506,880                          1,491,194                        +15,868


Delaware Memorial Bridge Twin Spans registered a record year for traffic volume in 2019, handling 18,288,314 vehicles through the southbound toll plaza.  The 2019 volume easily eclipsed the previous record of 17,813,664 set in 2016. However, despite the rebound in traffic volume last four months, traffic numbers remain off nearly 15% compared to 2019 figures.

Multiple construction projects continue at the Delaware Memorial Bridge. As a result, motorists will experience lane closures during the next several months.  

DRBA engineers have designed these essential capital projects to minimize traffic delays, but some are expected, particularly during peak travel times. Motorists are asked to follow DRBA on  Twitter for the latest construction news and traffic conditions.

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