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Released: 5/21/2007 

DRPA Tells Drivers To “Slow Down”

Agency Launches Public Awareness Campaign DRPA today launched a public awareness campaign to enforce speed restrictions at construction zones on its four bridges, the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry. The speed reduction campaign will run from May 21st thru June 15th. "The public awareness campaign involves Variable Message Signs at each of the four bridges and Public Safety radar enforcement at DRPA work zones and Toll Plaza EZPass lanes. The speed limit on the bridges is typically 45 mph, but at construction zones, speed is restricted to 35 mph. The posted speed limit at Toll Plaza EZPass lanes is 5 mph.” “Many motorists do not heed speed restrictions - our goal is to remind them that disregarding the speed limit can be extremely dangerous, particularly in work zones,” said John J. Matheussen, DRPA's Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to doing all that we can to ensure a safe environment for those working and commuting across our bridges.” To enforce the speed restrictions and to make motorists aware of the dangers of speeding through a work zone on the bridges, DRPA's Public Safety officers will be more aggressive in ticketing motorists who exceed the speed restriction over the bridges and exceed EZPass lane limits. Fines are doubled when motorists are ticketed for speeding in work zones." The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation and development agency. DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, and the PATCO High Speed Line, the AmeriPort Intermodal Rail Center, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier 1 and the RiverLink Ferry.

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