PHILLIPSBURG, NJ –I-78 westbound motorists could encounter severe traffic backups and travel delays this weekend approaching the Phillipsburg/Routes 22 & 173 interchange (Exit 3), the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission warned today.

An uninterrupted 57-hour-long closure of two westbound travel lanes (only one of three lanes open) is scheduled to begin 10 p.m. Friday, June 8, and continue until as late as 7 a.m. Monday, June 11.

Rainy weather resulted in postponements of this work detail on previous weekends in May and June.  A final decision on implementation of the lane closures for this weekend will be made on Friday (tomorrow).

If a single-lane travel pattern is implemented on I-78 westbound, motorists should anticipate the most severe traffic congestion occurring 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.

The around-the-clock weekend travel restriction is needed so work crews can replace deteriorating roadway slabs at the approach bridges that carry I-78 westbound west across  Route 519 and the on-ramp to I-78 east from Routes 22 and 173. More information on the I-78 Bridges and Approach Slabs Rehabilitation Project is at http://www.drjtbc.org/project/I-78.

About The Commission

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission was formed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey in 1934. It operates eight toll bridges and 12 toll-supported bridges, two of which are pedestrian-only spans.  (Note:  The first completed span of the new Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge opened to traffic during overnight hours on July 9, 2019.) The Commission is a self-supporting public-service agency that receives neither federal nor state tax dollars to finance its projects or operations. Funding for the operations, maintenance and upkeep of its bridges and related transportation facilities is solely derived from revenues collected at its toll bridges. The Commission’s jurisdiction extends along the Delaware River from the Philadelphia-Bucks County line north to the New Jersey/New York border. The bridges carried more than 139.2 million cars and trucks in 2018. For more information about the Commission and its various initiatives to deliver safer and more convenient bridge travel for its customers, please see: www.drjtbc.org.

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