Toll fees go into effect, long lines of vehicles at Sir Barry Bowen Bridge
On Monday, November 15th, the new tolls for using the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge went into effect. However, the flow of traffic crossing the bridge saw long lines causing delays and frustrating some of the motorists. The traffic backlog was caused by most people not having pre-paid passes and paying at the bridge.
At the booth near the foot of the bridge, personnel from the San Pedro Traffic Department made sure those needing to pay to cross the bridge had pre-paid passes or paid onsite. According to officers onsite, many motorists did not have their pre-paid passes and had to wait at the bridge for their tickets from the toll booth. This caused long lines as golf carts, pick-up trucks, and large vehicles with construction material waited to cross the bridge connecting San Pedro Town with north Ambergris Caye. Toll fees can be paid when accessing the structure, or a monthly pass can be purchased, which is more economical. The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) advises the public to acquire their pre-paid passes to avoid delays when crossing the bridge. These tickets/passes can be purchased at the traffic department at the SPTC anytime between 8AM-5PM Monday through Friday.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun
A few residents have expressed a stressful situation at Boca Del Rio Monday morning as the new tariffs for crossing the bridge are being implemented. Long lines are causing lots of traffic delays and bottlenecking in streets nearby.
“It will take a while to get out so avoid going that side if you don’t have too…” said one resident.Photo by the Ambergris Today