Delaware River and Bay Authority officials reported Jan. 24 that the Delaware Memorial Bridge Twin Spans registered its second consecutive year of record traffic volume in 2016, as well as the fifth consecutive year of increased traffic numbers.

For the 12 months ended Dec. 31, the bridge handled 17,813,664 vehicles through the southbound toll plaza, eclipsing last year’s record traffic total of 17,749,946.

“We appreciate our customers and thank them for choosing the Delaware Memorial Bridge to get to their destination,” said Vincent P. Meconi, chief operations officer for the DRBA.

Meconi 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.

“The bridge experienced positive year-over-year growth in all vehicle classes,” Meconi said. “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 Interstate 295S reconstruction project, the installation of a new toll system and the cable dehumidification project. 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 encouraged to 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.

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