Delaware Memorial Bridge Handles Record Traffic Volume in 2015
Eclipses Previous Record Set in 2006, Registers Fourth Consecutive Year of Traffic Growth
(New Castle, DE) Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials reported that the Delaware Memorial Bridge Twin Spans registered record traffic volume in 2015 and the fourth consecutive year of increased traffic numbers. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, the Bridge handled 17,749,946 vehicles through the southbound toll plaza, eclipsing the previous record of 17,707,494 established in 2006. The 2015 traffic totals also represent a healthy 3.5% year-over-year increase.
“We want to thank our customers for choosing to use the Delaware Memorial Bridge - whether it’s for transporting goods and services, traveling for a family vacation or commuting to work every day,” said Scott A. Green, Executive Director of the DRBA, who also noted that the Cape May – Lewes Ferry registered back-to-back yearly increases in traffic volume for first time in more than fifteen years. “It says something about the loyalty of our customers and the dedication of our great employees when the Delaware Memorial Bridge can set an all-time record despite lane closures and summer weekend traffic congestion associated with the recently completed Bridge Tower Painting project.”
Vincent P. Meconi, Chief Operations Officer for the DRBA, indicated that the record traffic volume on the Delaware Memorial Bridge could be attributed to a number of factors, including an improving economic climate, lower gasoline prices, and favorable weather conditions. “While the Bridge experienced positive year-over-year growth in all vehicle classes,” Meconi said, “a majority of the increase was in automobiles, which also may indicate a tendency of some to prefer driving to a destination rather than using other forms of transportation.”
At the same time, Meconi alerted Delaware Memorial Bridge customers to the expected start of the final phase of the I-295 Delaware Approach Road Improvement Project to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Lane closures on I-295 southbound at the Farnhurst Interchange are expected to begin in February. “While two through-lanes will always be open and our engineers have designed the project to minimize traffic delays to the extent possible, we do expect them, particularly during peak travel times,” Meconi said. “Motorists are encouraged to follow us on Twitter for the latest on the construction activity and traffic conditions.”
The safety of the traveling public, highway contractors on-site, and DRBA employees continue to be the highest priority. Commuters and travelers are urged to be careful and stay alert in and around construction zones, obey all detours and posted speed limits and plan to take a few extra minutes during rush hour periods.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Forts Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
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