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Delaware Memorial Bridge Toll could see toll increase

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The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) has announced two public hearings to seek feedback on a proposed toll increase at the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The bi-state agency plans to detail upcoming infrastructure investments, which it projects willcost $440 million over the next five years.

“We are in the fifth year of a ten year complete overhaul of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, which is dictated by its age, condition, operating environment and heavy volume of usage,” said DRBA Executive Director Tom Cook. “Among the components of this overhaul are a ship collision protection system, suspender rope (vertical cable) replacement, major steelwork repairs, paint removal and recoating and a bridge deck repair. All of these projects are necessary to ensure public safety and uninterrupted traffic flow.”

The Delaware-based public meeting will take place Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. on themain floor of the Vincent A. Julia Center adjacent to the Delaware Memorial Bridge Toll Plaza, conjunction of I-295 and U.S. Route 9 in New Castle.

The New Jersey-based meeting will take place Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Salem Community College Davidow Performing Arts Theatre located in Davidow Hall 460 Hollywood Ave in Carneys Point Township.

Upcoming investments include: Bridge Paint Removal and Recoating ($48.2); Suspension Rope Replacement ($24.5 million); Bridge Steelwork Repairs ($40.5 million); Pin and Link Rehabilitation on Both Structures of DMB ($19.7 million); Ship Collision Protection System ($45.2 million); Bridge Deck Repair ($21.5 million); Transfer Bridge Repairs at the Cape May ““ Lewes Ferry ($4.3 million); and Ferry Repowering Program ($9.5 million).

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