Crossing the Burlington County bridges will become more expensive beginning September 15 when tolls will increase from $2 to $4 for those who pay cash. Tolls for those with E-Z Pass will increase by $1. The new tolls, approved by the Burlington County Bridge Commission in August, will be used for improvements to the two bridges.
On the other hand, commuters using the four bridges operated by the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) will get a break later this year. Those using E-Z Pass will get a monthly $18 discount if they use the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry bridges at least 18 times a month. The DRPA board approved the new discounts in July.
According to studies dating back to last year, bridges and roads in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania are in need of repair and that is generally true of roads and bridges throughout the country. Legislation to correct those problems has been languishing in the Congress for several years and has been used as a weapon against the President despite the need for repairs and the jobs they would create.