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💲 Tolls for four bridges over the Delaware River increase

💲 How much remains a question

💲 Toll increases could be avoided for years


It is no longer a question of whether tolls for crossing the four Delaware River bridges will increase. The only question that remains is how much they will be.

For 13 years, Delaware River Port Authority commissioners have consistently managed to balance the agency’s books without raising costs for drivers.

Toll booth at the Ben Franklin Bridge

Toll booth at the Walt Whitman Bridge (DRPA)

The toll for the crossing has remained unchanged at $5 for over a decade.

Payments are now due for nearly two dozen major improvement projects, including critical structural work on the Ben Franklin Bridge and a project to protect bridge cables from rust.

For this reason, the Commissioners have agreed on an increase that will come into effect on 1 August.

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How much will the toll increase be?

Not as much as initially feared.

Delaware River Port Authority commissioners originally approved a toll increase based on the Consumer Price Index, which would have increased the toll by $1.50, bringing the toll up from the current $5 to $6.50 per trip.

However, the agency’s finance committee has put forward a plan that would reduce the increase to $1 per trip or $6 per crossing.

The entire board will vote on this proposal next Wednesday.

In any case, you will pay more to cross the Ben Franklin, Betsey Ross, Commodore Barry and Walt Whitman bridges on August 1st.

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Walt Whitman Bridge (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Tolls in Delaware still significantly cheaper than in Hudson

Even if the toll increase were to take full effect this year, commuters crossing the Hudson River into New York City would consider it a real bargain.

Due to recent toll increases by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the toll for using the George Washington Bridge and the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels is more than double the toll for the Delaware.

Cashless toll at the GW Bridge

FILE – Traffic passes the toll booth at the George Washington Bridge on April 17, 2019, in Fort Lee, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The toll to cross the Hudson River is currently $15.38 and increases each year in line with inflation.

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