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TRAVEL DELAYS POSSIBLE DURING PEAK PERIODS AT I-78 TOLL PLAZA DUE TO DAMAGE CAUSED BY MONDAY MORNING TRUCK CRASH

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January 14, 2014

TRAVEL DELAYS POSSIBLE DURING PEAK PERIODS AT I-78 TOLL PLAZA DUE TO DAMAGE CAUSED BY MONDAY MORNING TRUCK CRASH
Accident Damaged One Toll Lane, Reducing Cash-Payment Capability From Four Lanes to Three Lanes

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

WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, PA - The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has cordoned off the I-78 Toll Plaza's far-left collection lane that sustained significant damage in the accident involving a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle on Monday morning.

This has reduced the toll plaza's maximum operational capacity from four lanes to three lanes, decreasing the number of lanes available to cash-paying customers. As a result, westbound I-78 motorists who pay cash tolls at the plaza may encounter traffic congestion and moderate delays during peak traffic periods until the Commission can bring the fourth toll booth lane back on line.

While the Commission has examined the barrier toll plaza's overall structural integrity and determined it to be satisfactory, the operational functionality and safety of the facility's far-left toll collection lane was compromised by Monday's accident. The Commission is constructing an action plan to repair the damaged toll lane. It's too early in the process to determine when the toll lane may be brought back into service.

The I-78 toll facility (four-lane conventional toll booth plaza with nearby separated two-lane Express E-ZPass structure) handled slightly more than 30,000 transactions a day last year. Of those transactions, 66 percent were made through E-ZPass - the overwhelming majority of which occurred in the segregated Express-E-ZPass lanes that allow E-ZPass-equipped motorists to pay their tolls while driving at highway speeds.

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 138.4 million cars and trucks in 2013. 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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