(PHILLIPSBURG, NJ) – Motorists could experience exacerbated congestion and travel delays at the toll plaza for the Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) Toll Bridge shortly after the Fourth of July holiday, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
Beginning around noon Wednesday, July 5, a work zone will be established for the Route 22 eastbound exit to Main Street/Broad Street and the toll plaza will operate with at least one fewer lane on weekdays and weeknights for two weeks. Occasionally, it may be necessary to take two toll lanes out of service for brief periods during off-peak travel times.
The succession of toll-lane closures is needed to allow work crews to remove the toll plaza’s array of aging overhead signs and replace them with new, easier-to-read LED digital signs.
The sign work at the toll plaza, which has five collection lanes, will begin at the middle lane and then proceed one lane at a time until all of the overhead signs are replaced and operational. July 20 is the completion target date for the sign swap at the facility.
The work could exacerbate traffic cueing and delays during heavy commuting periods. Motorists who use the toll bridge to travel from New Jersey and Pennsylvania on a regular basis are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations during heavy traffic periods whenever a toll lane is out of service for sign replacement work.
The scheduled travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergency, and traffic considerations. Motorists are urged to reduce speeds and exercise caution when travelling through active work zones.