Tolls will once again be collected on the Atlantic Beach Bridge beginning Monday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. after being suspended since Oct. 28 due to Hurricane Sandy to ease the evacuation of the barrier island.
“On November 5th, electricity and the capability to collect tolls were restored to the Atlantic Beach Bridge,” a release from the bridge authority stated. “However, recognizing the extreme hardship suffered by so many of our patrons and neighbors, the Nassau County Bridge Authority opted to continue the suspension of tolls until Nov. 19, 2012.”
The bridge remains closed to non-residents and the checkpoint will also remain in oprtation.
All transfer fees have been suspended for the next six months, by the bridge authority. Motorists with 2012 decals can use them until Jan. 31, 2013. Decals for 2013 are available on Nov. 19 and will be valid until Dec. 31, 2013.
“Every effort is being made by the Nassau County Bridge Authority Board of Commissioners and staff to aggressively and comprehensively assess and correct all damage to this critical infrastructure caused by the storm, restore the bridge to full and safe operational capacity, and take decisive steps to maintain the authority's sound financial position which will protect both bond holders and our patrons,” the release stated.