Rebuilding the PATCO commuter train line over the Ben Franklin Bridge will cost $102.8 million, 47 percent more than expected, Delaware River Port Authority officials said Wednesday.
But the higher price tag won't mean higher bridge tolls or an increase in the DRPA's five-year spending plan, because other recent construction projects, including the Walt Whitman Bridge redecking, were cheaper than planned.
The PATCO project was approved Wednesday by DRPA board committees. If the full DRPA board approves it next week, construction will begin in August.
The project to overhaul the bridge railroad, which first opened in 1936, will replace tracks, ties, power and signal systems, and train control and communication systems, make repairs to supporting structures, and apply three coats of new paint.