Bay Bridge Toll Hike Proposed

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    Tolls on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge have remained the same since the 1970s. That could change come this fall.

    The Maryland Transportation Authority is considering a plan that would raise tolls dramatically.

    The current rate is $2.50.  It would jump to $5 as early as October and to $8 in 2013. Commuter rates would climb to $1.50, then later to $2.80.

    Tolls would also go up on the Baltimore Harbor crossings, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway and other toll facilities.

    The rate hikes are part of an effort to raise $210 million over the next four years to help pay for maintenance on aging bridges, tunnels and roads across the state.

    The authority’s full board is scheduled to discuss the proposal when it meets in June.