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UPDATE: Delaware Raising Weekend Tolls On Aug. 1

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DOVER, Del. - DelDOT officials say tolls will increase on Route 1 for weekend traffic starting August 1st.

According to reports, the increase will be $1 above the current weekend toll rates for all vehicle classes, except oversize loads.  Route 1 ramp tolls in Smyrna and Dover will reportedly not change and all E-ZPass frequent user discounts will remain in effect.

Officials say DelDOT has the authority under Title 2, Chapter 14, Section 1403 of the Delaware Code to set toll rates. The choice to increase the Route 1 tolls at this time was reportedly made in consultation with the Delaware General Assembly, to fund paving and other transportation projects statewide.  The added revenue will reportedly be supplemented with an additional $20 million in borrowing in fiscal year 2015.

"Without the toll rate increases, some projects, there would be less money to spend," says Mike Williams, Chief of Public Relations for the Division of Motor Vehicles. "When you do the paving it's nice and great, and the painting is fresh and it looks good."

Below are the changes starting August 1st:

Route 1 Toll Rates                     Monday – Friday                 Weekend

Class 2 Passenger Vehicle                $1.00                              $3.00

Class 3 Vehicle                                   $3.00                              $5.00

Class 4 Vehicle                                   $4.00                              $6.00

Class 5 Vehicle                                   $5.00                              $7.00

Class 6 Vehicle                                   $6.00                              $8.00

Wide Load Permit Vehicles           $11.00                            $11.00

* Weekend toll rates on Route 1 are effective from 7:00 pm on Friday nights - 11:00 pm on Sunday nights.

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