CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The fee for driving a car across the Potomac River on a private toll bridge in western Maryland would triple under a staff proposal from the state Public Service Commission.

The Cumberland Times-News reports Tuesday that the rate for cars and pickup trucks would rise from 50 cents to $1.50.

That’s less than the $2 rate sought by the bridge owner to help pay for repairs to the narrow span between Oldtown and Green Spring, W.Va. It’s the only river crossing for about 15 miles in either direction.

The commission has scheduled a hearing on the case on Nov. 5 in Oldtown.

The bridge is owned by Historic Oldtown Bridge Preservation LLC. Chief Executive Officer Lori Roberts says that without repairs, the bridge might be closed.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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