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.