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Coleman Bridge ridership up, toll revenue down in 2014

Ridership was up on the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge in 2014, while toll revenue dropped, according to figures from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Traffic on the York River span connecting Gloucester and York counties was 5,413,025 in 2014, compared to 5,397,532 the year before, according to Laurie Simmons, senior public affairs specialist for VDOT’s Hampton Roads District. Toll revenue, meanwhile, was $5.6 million in 2014, down from $6.2 million in 2013 and $6.3 million in 2012.

“As you can see, toll revenue is dropping each year while traffic counts are going up, as more people get E-ZPass and pay a lower toll,” Simmons said.

“Because of these changing revenue figures, we cannot forecast how long the tolls will be on the bridge,” she said. “The bonds and funding obligations must be paid off.”

This year, VDOT plans a number of maintenance projects at the Coleman Bridge, Simmons said, including overhauling five hydraulic mo...

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