PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today announced that a series of daytime and overnight lane closures are scheduled to be implemented next week along portions of its I-78 Toll Bridge approach roadway segments in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The travel restrictions are as follows:

  • Monday, Apr. 22, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. – I-78 westbound right lane closure (two of three lanes open) from milepost 3.4 to milepost 0.8 for installation of temporary concrete construction barriers along the road segment’s shoulder.
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 25, to 5 a.m. Friday, Apr. 26 – I-78 eastbound center and rights lanes closed (one of three lanes open) for pothole repairs from the Morgan Hill Road/I-78 interchange (Exit 75) in Pennsylvania to the Routes 22 and 173/I-78 interchange (Exit 3) in New Jersey.
  • 10 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 25, to 7 a.m. Friday, Apr. 26 – I-78 westbound center and right lanes closed (one of three lanes open) for pothole repairs from the Routes 22 and 173/I-78 interchange (Exit 3) in New Jersey to the I-78 Toll Bridge at the Delaware River.

Motorists should anticipate potential minor slowdowns and backups.  The Commission urges motorists to reduce speeds and exercise caution whenever approaching active construction zones or restricted travel areas.

The lane closures will be the first to be implemented as part of year-long I-78 NJ Roadway Rehabilitation and Power & Communication Infrastructure Improvements Project.

The project primarily involves milling and paving work, including the three ramps the Commission owns at Exit 3. Other project tasks involve resurfacing of shoulders, installing shoulder rumble strips, roadway restriping, and sealing of the I-78 Toll Bridge’s concrete road deck and 14 other Commission-owned approach bridges in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The project also includes upgrades to the Commission’s security camera network at the I-78 Toll Bridge and the Commission’s I-78 approach highway segments in New Jersey (4.2 miles) and Pennsylvania (2.25 miles).

The Commission’s New Jersey I-78 highway segment was last rehabilitated between 2007 and 2009. The segment is showing advance signs of deterioration, having undergone a series of stop-gap asphalt joint replacements and pothole repair projects over the past five years.

The work is being performed by Crisdel Group, Inc. of South Plainfield, N.J. under a low-bid contract not-to-exceed $23,530,677 that was awarded in late February.  The project is expected to reach completion at the end of the year.

The I-78 Toll Bridge is the Commission’s busiest river crossing.  It carried a daily average of 63,700 vehicles in 2023.  The bridge also ranks among the nation’s most frequently used truck crossings.

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