The Delaware of Department of Transportation has waived collection of tolls on the Delaware Turnpike in order to ease mounting congestion at its Newark Toll Plaza.
Michael Williams, a spokesman for the department, said the decision was made at about 3:15 p.m. to waive northbound tolls until 11 p.m. He said it was the first time in his 15 years with the agency that tolls had been waived.
Shortly before the decision was made, the Maryland Department of Transportation reported that traffic had backed up for about 5.8 miles before the toll plaza, where a construction project has closed three of its usual nine northbound lanes.
The southbound lanes of the plaza were not affected by the waiver.