From the Office of Sen. Nancy Jacobs:
Senator Nancy Jacobs of District 34 is pleased to notify the citizens of Cecil and Harford Counties that the Maryland Transportation Authority has agreed to allow the cash lanes to remain at the Hatem Bridge toll facility for the next two years.
“I appreciate the MdTA listening to my concerns and their cooperation and understanding of the needs of the citizens and businesses in Harford and Cecil County” said Senator Nancy Jacobs.
Area residents may recall reading late last fall that the Thomas Hatem bridge was to be the first toll facility in the state to have the cash tolls lanes eliminated, and replaced with electronic tolling. Those drivers who do not have E-ZPass would pay the toll at highway speed via “video tolling” where vehicle license plates are recorded and drivers are mailed a bill after each the trip. That process is already used at the bridge for drivers who do not have a valid E-ZPass or cash. What many drivers don’t understand is that the lack of an E-Zpass transponder results in the billing of 150% of the toll fee for those 2-axle vehicles or $12.00 for each round trip.
The citizens of Harford and Cecil County have been hard hit over the years with a number of toll increases on the Hatem Bridge. What makes this toll bridge unique is that area residents have no means in which to get to Harve de Grace or Perryville without being forced to use the Hatem Bridge or I-95, both which are toll roads.