Rep. Rob Wittman has been working with some local leaders, to try to lift a bit of the burden that many Middle Peninsula residents have had to put up with, in tolls for maintaining the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge. Now comes news that an idea is currently being floated in Washington, and if it is approved, the tolls may be reduced on the bridge. It’s all due to part of the National Defense Authorization Bill, authored by Wittman, which specifies the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense. In the bill, Wittman encourages the U.S. Secretary of Defense to provide a briefing to the House Committee on Armed Services, no later than March 1, 2018, to assess the military value of the Coleman Bridge.
Daily bridge commuters can pay as much as $500 a year in tolls…. to maintain the swing structure that moves to allow ships to pass. Whittman would like to direct the DOD to assume some or all financial responsibility for the maintenance of the bridge, because U.S. Navy ships have used the span for decades in their transit to and from the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown.