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New tolls for I-95, Route 40 bridges to start July 1

Beginning next month, drivers crossing the I-95 bridge or Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge into Cecil County will see some changes in their tolls.

The annual cost for the Hatem-only E-ZPass will double to $20 on July 1, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced.

It was initially held at $10 after the MDTA discontinued the longtime decal program for the Hatem bridge last year.

Those with an E-ZPass standard plan will be charged $7.20 at both bridges, while those with an E-ZPass discount, or commuter, rate will be charged $2.80 for a round-trip at both bridges.

Cash toll rates will be $8 at both bridges for two-axle vehicles, and up to $60 for six-axle ones. The current minimum toll is $6.

Those rates are higher than the tolls at any other MDTA facility, which range from $4 to $6 for cash tolls and between $3.60 and $5.40 for the E-ZPass standard plan.

The rate increases were approved by MDTA's board on Sept. 22, 2011, after a 60-day public comment period that drew thousands of Harford and Cecil residents to protest the hikes at hearings in Perryville and Havre de Grace.

MDTA will hold a live Facebook chat for customers to ask questions about the upcoming toll changes from noon to 1 p.m. on June 18.

More information is available at mdta.maryland.gov.

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