Saturday, July 03, 2004

Troopers flagging SUVs on Washington Crossing bridge (

Say goodbye to Hummers, Toyota Land Cruisers, Dodge Durangos and Chevy Suburbans on the narrow Washington Crossing Bridge.

Since the start of a June 24 public information campaign, Pennsylvania and New Jersey state troopers are targeting and pulling over a list of 44 models of lumbering trucks and sport utility vehicles that exceed the bridge's 3-ton weight limit.

No citations have been issued, but troopers have given verbal warnings to about 100 SUV owners so far in two days' work, said Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission spokeswoman Linda Spalinski. Troopers are patrolling morning rush hour traffic into New Jersey and evening rush hour into Pennsylvania, though the days are set at random and as manpower permits.