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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Cash Toll Collection Ending on Columbia-Portland Bridge

There will be free sailing across the Columbia-Portland Bridge when cash tolls are eliminated on June 17. However, it won’t be free driving as tolls will still be collected by E-ZPass or by a pay-per-plate system.

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced that four of the bridges it operates between New Jersey and Pennsylvania will go cashless after the last toll is collected shortly before midnight on June 16.

In addition to the Columbia-Portland crossing, other toll bridges going cashless on June 17 are the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge in Hunterdon County and the Montague-Milford span in Sussex County.

The commission’s other five bridges, including the I-80 crossing between New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the Delaware Water Gap, will continue to collect cash tolls although those toll booths are expected to be closed by January, the commission said.

Tolls are charged to motorists leaving New Jersey for Pennsylvania. There is no toll on an eastbound trip.

The E-ZPass system uses a transponder whose signal is read as a vehicle passes through the toll area. The pay-for-plate system snaps photos of the license plate of cars without E-ZPass and generates a bill that is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.