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.

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