PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – Construction is poised to begin soon on a new 4,000-square-foot salt-storage building that will serve Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) Toll Bridge and several older and smaller non-toll spans owned and operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC).

The new building will have the appearance of a large barn, not a salt dome.  It is to be built on vacant land the Commission owns south of Route 22 East in Phillipsburg.  The property is bordered by the Commission’s administration building/maintenance garages to the east and Broad Street to the west.

The parcel is immediately adjacent to the location’s current undersized salt shed, which has a series of design and operational deficiencies.  These include insufficient capacity, structural and drainage issues, poor lighting, and limited ingress/egress for purposes of unloading/loading road salt.

The new storage building will have capacity to store up to 2,000 tons of road salt.  It will have an attached 400-square-foot open style lean-to on one side and a 400-square-foot enclosed shed on the other to house maintenance-related equipment and supplies.

The Commission issued a “Notice to Proceed” to the building’s contractor – Bracy Construction of Allentown, PA – on Tuesday (June 4).  Bracy was awarded the project contract at the Commission’s April 29 meeting for a not-to-exceed amount of $1,711,600.

In addition to the new salt barn, the project will provide enhanced access for delivery trucks, bucket loaders, and other heavy equipment associated with winter-storm response efforts.  The building also will provide maintenance crews with improved inside and outside lighting.

Other project elements include:

  • Remove all existing trees and stumps within the designated areas.
  • Remove curbs, sidewalks, pavement and concrete slab under existing shed.
  • Relocated existing wooden shed to nearby location on the site.
  • Remove and relocate two existing storm drainage lines and construction of new drainage inlets/manholes.
  • Excavation and filling of the site, construction of curbs, sidewalks, and installation of full-depth pavement on site.
  • Extend electrical service to the new salt storage facility and install LED lighting inside and around the structure.
  • Landscaping of site including bedding and shrubbery along access roads.

The new facility is expected to be completed in time for the start of the cold-weather storm-response season in the fall.

The salt barn will primarily serve the 80-year-old Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge, the adjoining approach viaduct on the New Jersey side, the Commission-owned Route 22 approach roadway and bridge segments in Easton and Phillipsburg, and various exit/entry ramps near the bridge.  The storage barn also will provide salt for maintenance vehicles servicing the following Commission toll-supported bridge locations:  the Northampton Street (“free bridge”) Bridge between Easton and Phillipsburg; the Riverton Belvidere Bridge; the Riegelsville Bridge; the Upper Black Eddy-Milford Bridge; and the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown 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:

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