States seek Delaware River bridge tolls

Pennsylvania and New Jersey are considering replacement of the Scudder Falls Bridge on Interstate 95 with a public-private partnership bridge that might charge tolls of $4 an axle for commercial vehicles.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently announced the two states plan to ask the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission to pursue a public-private plan for a 6-lane replacement bridge across the Delaware River.

Under the proposal, a five-axle truck would be charged $20. Currently, drivers aren’t assessed a toll on the 60-year-old bridge.

Designed in 1950, the current Scudder Falls Bridge is two lanes in each direction and has no shoulders. The bridge commission operates 20 bridges, including seven that are tolled. The commission soon will begin soliciting bids for bridge work.

The replacement project would widen 4.4 miles of I-95 by one lane in each direction.

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