Toll bridges in Cape May County are set to arrive in the 21st century.
Over the next eight weeks, the E-ZPass tollpaying system will be implemented on the five bridges run by the Cape May County Bridge Commission along Ocean Drive, according to a statement from the county.
Those bridges include the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, the Middle Thorofare Bridge, the Grassy Sound Bridge, the Corsons Inlet Bridge and the Townsends Inlet Bridge.
Last year, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders authorized $500,000 to be used for the purchase and installation of E-ZPass equipment, according to news archives.
“We are very happy to bring this technology to the Commission Bridges,” Patrick Rosenello, chairman of the commission, said in a statement. “The partnership between the Freeholders, SJTA and the Commission is what made this project possible.”
The Ocean City-Longport Bridge will be the first to go live with E-ZPass on April 30, according to the county. The Middle Thorofare Bridge will follow on May 7, with Grassy Sound on May 14, Corsons Inlet on May 21 and Townsends Inlet on June 25.
Signs at each bridge will tell drivers when the E-ZPass is active and all bridges will continue to be manned by bridge tenders who also serve as toll collectors, according to the county.
Cash and bridge tickets will still be accepted when E-Z Pass goes live, according to the county.
“One of our key goals is to make the driving experience on scenic Ocean Drive more pleasant and convenient for our residents and visitors,” Freeholder Will Morey said in a statement. “E-ZPass will go a long way toward accomplishing this goal as it will serve to reduce congestion and make the payment process easier.”