The schedule for manually controlled traffic signals near the Northampton Street Bridge (also known as the Easton-Phillipsburg free bridge) is being revised and will now be in effect 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, starting Monday, May 31.
An experiment with manual control of the traffic signals at each end of the bridge was tested during May. The experiment showed a moderation of traffic backups and travel delays during weekday afternoons at the bridge, which has been reduced to one lane in each direction for a multi-faceted rehabilitation project taking place in 2022.
When manual control of traffic signals near the bridge is in effect, Phillipsburg police operate the traffic signal at Union Square and Main Street in Phillipsburg while bridge commission personnel control the traffic signal at Northampton Street and Larry Holmes Drive in Easton.
The Commission is looking into the possibility of extending manual control to select weekends when large community events take place in either Easton or Phillipsburg during the summer and fall.
Despite the continued implementation of manually controlled traffic signals near the bridge, the Commission urges motorists to allow additional time to reach their destinations or reschedule travel plans if they plan to use the Northampton Street Bridge while it undergoes rehabilitation.