(EASTON., PA) – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today issued a travel advisory for drivers of wide loads who plan to travel westbound on I-78 from New Jersey to Pennsylvania next week.

The Commission’s toll plaza for the I-78 Toll Bridge will have its widest mixed-mode lane (cash and E-ZPass transactions) taken out of service for a series of upgrades as part of a system-wide modernization of the agency’s toll collection system. This is the far right lane at the toll plaza.

Because the remaining three mixed-mode lanes at the conventional barrier toll plaza are too narrow to handle wide loads, commercial vehicles exceeding the 8-foot-6-inch legal width limit, will need to use the facility’s Express E-ZPass facility.

The wide-load travel restriction at the I-78 Toll Plaza will take effect with the shutdown of the far-right toll lane beginning 7 p.m. Sunday, March 19, and continuing until noon, Saturday, March 25.

Since any westbound vehicle exceeding the legal width limit is required to obtain a permit from the Commission, applicable drivers of wide loads and their escorts will be advised of the need to have E-ZPass when seeking a permit. This should not be an issue since the preponderance of truck drivers regularly use E-ZPass to pay their tolls.  More than 87 percent of truck toll transactions recorded at I-78 last month were processed through E-ZPass.  Tolls are collected in the westbound direction only at the Commission’s I-78 Toll Bridge.

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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