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Bridge Toll Hike Begins Friday

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Crossing the Delaware River in this area will put an even bigger dent in your wallet starting early Friday morning.

Starting at 2 a.m., tolls are going up on the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry bridges, along with a 10-percent PATCO fare increase.

“Tolls will increase going from $4 per car to $5 and there’ll be a 25-percent increase for all the other vehicles,” said John Matheussen, CEO of the Delaware River Port Authority.

He says the cash is dedicated to massive infrastructure projects, which have already begun.

“The authority is spending a little bit more than a billion dollars over the next five to seven years to rebuild the bridges, to rebuild the PATCO infrastructure and the train cars themselves,” he explains. “This stream of money is necessary to do that.”

Other spans will also increase their tolls. The Delaware Memorial Bridge jumps from $3 to $4. The Morrisville and New Hope bridges, operated by the Delaware Valley Joint Toll Bridge Commission, will go up a quarter to a dollar each way. But the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol Bridges are staying pat at two bucks round trip, as they have for 11 years.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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  • grumpy

    They have been working on the Commodore Barry bridge since it was built to try to stop it from shaking. They haven’t succeeded to date!

  • NS

    DRPA = criminals.

  • Bob J

    So called “construction”? On the Westbound Betsy Ross they just have cones set up and vehicles parked in a closed lane so it LOOKS like they are doing construction. It’s been this way for weeks now!

  • Linda

    I hope this money is truly going to these projects and not into the pockets of the DRPA exeuctives!

    • grumpy

      I wonder who does the audits of this agency?

  • Francis Graff

    A brief look at what you voted for in the recent primary. Higher real estate taxes. Higher parking meter fees. Increased bridge tolls. And soon, higher fees for drivers licenes, registrations, and inspections. And they also want more toll booths out there. Have any idea what it cost these day’s for the car luxury? I would guess about $5.00 for every mile you drive. And if I am wrong, they who you voted for, will make it right.

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