New DRBA Chairman Installed

by Dave on February 18, 2009

James N. Hogan of Franklinville, New Jersey and F. Michael Parkowski of Dover, Delaware, unanimously selected to be Chairman and Vice-Chairman respectively at last month’s Commission meeting, officially assumed their new duties and responsibilities during the February monthly board meeting held on Tuesday. The leadership posts of Chairman and Vice Chairman rotate between the States of Delaware and New Jersey every two years.

“I am honored that my colleagues chose me to lead this important bi-state agency,” Hogan said as he accepted the leadership post. “I have no illusions about the challenges this Authority faces in the coming months. The commissioners are going to need the assistance, understanding, and support of our respective Governors, our elected officials, our employees and our stakeholders as we negotiate the troubled waters ahead.”

Hogan added, “To our neighboring communities and the motoring public, it is highly probable that we will face an across-the-board toll increase in 2010. Our bridges were built in 1951 and 1968 and while they stand majestically, they are located in a harsh environment – an environment that requires constant maintenance and rehabilitation. By working together, we can emerge from these difficult times with an organization that is committed to the betterment of the region’s transportation system.”

The Delaware River and Bay Authority operates the Cape May Lewes Ferry, the Delaware Memorial Bridge, and other installations.

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