PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – I-78 westbound is scheduled to be reduced to a single travel lane (from the normal three lanes) for roughly 1.5 miles, from the Carpentersville Road overpass in Pohatcong, N.J. and continuing across the I-78 Toll Bridge to just beyond the overpass of PA Route 611 in Williams Township, PA.
The uninterrupted 57-hour-long closure of two westbound travel lanes is set to begin 10 p.m. Friday, Apr. 13, and continue until 7 a.m. Monday, Apr. 16.
Severe traffic congestion is likeliest between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Backups in excess of a mile and travel delays of an hour or more are likely.
Motorists are advised to plan ahead if they need to use the Commission’s 6.5-mile-long I-78 westbound segment from the Phillipsburg/Routes 22 & 173 interchange (Exit 3) in New Jersey to the Easton/Morgan Hill Road interchange (Exit 75) in Pennsylvania. There is no way to avoid the work area after passing Exit 3 (last exit in NJ) on I-78 westbound.
The Commission urges drivers to consider using alternate routes, rescheduling their trips, or allowing extra time to reach their destinations if they plan to use the affected I-78 westbound segment this weekend.
The around-the-clock weekend travel restrictions are needed so work crews can construct new westbound approach slabs at the I-78 Toll Bridge and the approach bridge that carries I-78 westbound across Route 611 in Pennsylvania.