PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today announced that a series of daytime and overnight lane closures are scheduled for portion of I-78 westbound in Pohatcong Township, N.J. next week.
The travel restrictions are needed so a Commission contractor can remove and replace a problematic expansion joint on the overpass that carries I-78 westbound across County Route 519. The short-distance structure is along the Commission’s 4.2-mile-long New Jersey portion of I-78 immediately east of the agency’s I-78 Toll Bridge.
The work will entail some excavation, concrete removal and placement, installation of a compression seal, and other related tasks.
The work is anticipated to begin 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, and end 7 am. Wednesday, Dec. 13, weather permitting.
During low-traffic-volume overnight hours – 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. (next day) – the affected portion of I-78 westbound will be restricted to a single open travel lane (two of three lanes closed). During higher-volume daytime and early evening hours – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. – I-78 westbound will be restricted to two open travel lanes (one of three lanes closed).
Motorists who use the travel-restricted I-78 westbound segment are advised to anticipate potential slowdowns and backups. The Commission urges motorists to reduce speeds and exercise caution whenever approaching active construction zones or restricted travel areas.
The I-78 Toll Bridge is the Commission’s busiest river crossing. It carried a daily average of 63,500 vehicles in 2022. The bridge also ranks among the nation’s most frequently used truck crossings.