Toll Increases Proposed to Pay for Upgrades of Two Busy Bridges in South Jersey

WHYY News | August 5, 2015 | Transportation
Officials say hikes would finance more than $100 million in infrastructure work

Credit: Burlington County Bridge Commission
Under a new proposal, tolls on the Burlington-Bristol Bridge would increase from $2 to $4.
Time has taken its toll on South Jersey’s Burlington-Bristol and Tacony-Palmyra bridges.

For the first time in 15 years, officials have proposed increasing tolls on the two spans. Tolls for passenger vehicles would jump from $2 to $4. For E-Z Pass users, the fare would increase to $3. Tolls for buses, RVs, and axle trucks would also rise.

The Burlington County Bridge Commission, which operates the two bridges as well as six smaller spans, is pushing the toll hikes as a way to pay for a series of infrastructure improvement projects. While officials say the two bridges are not unsafe in any way, they say more than $100 million in infrastructure improvements will extend their life span and make them safer for motorists.

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