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NEW-HOPE-LAMBERTVILLE TOLL-SUPPORTED BRIDGE SHUTDOWN SCHEDULED OVERNIGHT LATE WEDNESDAY INTO EARLY THURSDAY

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December 10, 2012

NEW-HOPE-LAMBERTVILLE TOLL-SUPPORTED BRIDGE SHUTDOWN SCHEDULED OVERNIGHT LATE WEDNESDAY INTO EARLY THURSDAY
Closure Needed for Installation of Replacement Vehicle-Weight-Limit Sign; Previous Sign Was Damaged by Superstorm Sandy

Contact: Joe Donnelly (215) 862-7693 or Ethan Vickers (412) 926-5730

NEW HOPE, PA - The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today that the New Hope-Lambertville Toll-Supported Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for at least four hours during overnight hours between Wednesday, December 12, and Thursday, December 13.

The vehicular traffic shutdown is needed to allow Commission maintenance workers to install a new overhead weight-limit sign on the bridge's New Hope side. The sign that previously hung at the location had been damaged when Superstorm Sandy passed through the region on October 29.

The sign-installation procedure is expected to take place between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday, with up to four hours of the eight-hour period involving a full closure of the bridge's two vehicular travel lanes. Alternating single-lane passage should be possible during the remaining time once the sign is initially bolted into place. The bridge's pedestrian walkway is expected to remain open throughout the procedure.

Like many of the Commission's historic two-lane truss bridges, the span linking the downtowns of New Hope and Lambertville is outfitted with signs prohibiting overweight truck crossings. The bridge has a 4-ton weight limit.

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 seven toll bridges and 13 toll-supported bridges, two of which are pedestrian-only spans. 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 137.4 million cars and trucks in 2011. For more information about the Commission and its various initiatives to deliver safer and more convenient bridge travel for its customers, please see: www.drjtbc.org.


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