PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Drivers heading to the Jersey Shore on the Atlantic City Expressway will be getting a special surprise. Between 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday, free tolls will greet cars at the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza.
For the fifth year in a row, Chickie’s & Pete’s will be paying tolls for drivers on Free Toll Friday heading into Memorial Day weekend.
All travelers who take the Egg Harbor Exit between 5 and 6 p.m. won’t have to pay.
Pete Ciarrocchi, the founder and CEO of Chickie’s & Pete’s, says he wants to honor his family’s military tradition by paying for tolls for Memorial Day weekend.
“My dad and my uncles were all in the military,” said Ciarrocchi. “In fact, my Uncle George, who was my restaurant mentor, won the Silver Star for bravery. He was quite the guy and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor him.”
At least 1 million people are expected to travel throughout the state for the holiday weekend.