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Delaware River Bridge Tolls Increase July 1st

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Ben Franklin Bridge (credit: Getty Images)

Ben Franklin Bridge (credit: Getty Images)

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – Five bridges across the Delaware River will be increasing tolls on July 1st.

The toll jumps from $4 to $5 to use the Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges.

Those increases were approved a while ago. On Tuesday, the Delaware River and Bay Authority voted to hike the toll on the Delaware Memorial Bridge from $3 to $4 bucks for passenger cars.

“The new toll rate schedule is expected to generate about $22 million in additional revenue and that will be used to fund the agency’s capital improvement program over the next couple years,” DRPA spokesman Jim Salmon said.

A spokesman for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie calls the need for the increase “inescapable,” but says they succeeded in holding down the hike in discounted tolls for commuters and frequent travelers.

David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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