Delaware Memorial Bridge Shatters Traffic Records in 2019
Eclipses 18 Million Vehicles for the First Time in History
NEW CASTLE, Del. – Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials reported that the Delaware Memorial Bridge Twin Spans registered a milestone year for traffic volume in 2019. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the Bridge handled 18,288,314 vehicles through the southbound toll plaza, eclipsing the previous record of 17,813,664 set in 2016. The 2019 traffic totals also represent a healthy 2.9% 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 Thomas J. Cook, Executive Director of the DRBA. “It says something about the loyalty of our customers when the Delaware Memorial Bridge can set so many all-time records despite lane closures associated with our capital investment projects on the bridges and approach roads.”
In addition to registering more than 18 million vehicles in a calendar year for the first time ever, the Delaware Memorial Bridge also established other notable traffic records in 2019, including:
• Best single month in history – August 2019 with 1,845,190 surpassing the previous all-time record month of August 2003 (1,818,185)
• All-time record traffic for months of April, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.
• First time October and November numbers topped 1.5 million
• Most number of 60,000+ days in one year – 56
• Most number of 65,000+ days in one year – 31
• Topped 70,000+ vehicle days in one year – 8
• Highest traffic volume for a weekend period (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) set on August 16-18 – 211,685 vehicles
• Best ever Good Friday traffic volume of 73,198 set on April 19
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, stable gasoline prices, and favorable weather conditions. “Not only was the fall and early winter one of the warmest on record, but the region did not experience the tropical or winter storms that have a significant effect on overall traffic during a more typical season,” Meconi said. “The Bridge experienced positive year-over-year growth in all vehicle classes and; hopefully, this trend can continue for another year.”
At the same time, Meconi cautioned Delaware Memorial Bridge customers regarding the ongoing construction work related to the Pin & Link Replacement, Steelwork Repair and Suspender Rope Replacement Program as well as Bridge Painting projects. Periodic lane closures are expected. “Our engineers have designed these important capital projects to minimize traffic delays to the extent possible, but we do occasionally expect them, particularly during peak travel times,” Meconi said. “Motorists are encouraged to follow us on Twitter for the latest construction news 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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