TRENTON, NJ – Motorists may encounter eastbound traffic shifts and brief delays in coming weeks as construction activities get fully underway on the replacement of the lighting elements of the Lower Trenton Toll-Supported Bridge’s iconic “Trenton Makes The World Takes” sign, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

Only vehicles traveling from Pennsylvania to New Jersey will be affected by the shifted traffic pattern that will be implemented during daytime hours (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at the bridge.  The pattern will provide a safe construction zone where crews can go about the task of modernizing the bridge sign’s lighting and electrical-supply components.

The project involves the removal of the sign’s current unreliable and energy-inefficient red neon tubes and corresponding electrical system. These components were installed in 2005 and are nearing the end of their useful life.  The sign’s 25 existing letter housings – each 9 feet, 6 inches high – will remain in place, but will be cleaned and re-painted. A new system of high-efficiency LED strip lighting will then be installed into the refurbished letter housings.

The new lighting system is expected to be cheaper to operate while having a longer service life and being more reliable in all of kinds of weather conditions.

The bridge’s sign will remain dark until the lighting system replacement work reaches completion in late October.

More information on the project is available at

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:

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