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Hearing Set For Rate Hike On Western Md. Bridge

OLDTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Public Service Commission is giving people a chance to speak up about a proposal to raise the cost of crossing the Potomac River at Oldtown.

The agency is holding a public hearing Monday night in Oldtown on its proposed settlement with the owner of the private bridge.

The toll for most passenger vehicles would rise from 50 cents to $1.50 per crossing. Other vehicles that now pay $1 would also pay $1.50.

Monthly passes would increase from $14 to $45.

The owner had sought a steeper increase, to $2 per car, to 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.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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