Gov. Murphy vetoes Delaware Memorial Bridge toll hike

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Gov. Phil Murphy has vetoed a proposed toll hike at the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

The governor issued the veto in a letter dated Wednesday to the Delaware River and Bay Authority, which operates the bridge. He said that he isn't ready for any toll increases beyond those for critical safety projects.

The authority said in a statement that it is disappointed about the decision. A spokesperson said that the lack of revenue could hurt capital improvement projects.

The price to cross between New Jersey and Delaware was set to increase from $4 to $5 for cars and small trucks, beginning March 1.

The last general toll increase took place in July 2011. The authority approved the now-vetoed hike at a meeting last month.

The agency says approximately 36 million vehicles travel the twin spans annually.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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