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CENTRE BRIDGE-STOCKTON TOLL-SUPPORTED BRIDGE TO REOPEN Weekday Closures to End Tomorrow as Rehabilitation Nears Completion

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May 17, 2007

CENTRE BRIDGE-STOCKTON TOLL-SUPPORTED BRIDGE TO REOPEN Weekday Closures to End Tomorrow as Rehabilitation Nears Completion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kim Maialetti (215) 893-4279 or Pete Peterson (215) 893-4297

MORRISVILLE, PA - The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today announced that the Centre Bridge-Stockton Toll-Supported Bridge will reopen and weekday closures will end on Friday, May 18, as rehabilitation of the 82-year-old span nears completion.

The bridge has been closed from 6 a.m. Mondays to 5 p.m. Fridays since construction began in January. The bridge remained open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the weekends.

"The Commission made a promise to reopen the bridge by the start of the summer tourist season, and we kept that promise," said Frank G. McCartney, executive director of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. "I thank our community partners for their patience throughout this important rehabilitation, which is a critical component of the Commission's long-term capital improvement plan."

Once the bridge reopens, there will be single lane traffic restrictions weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until work is fully completed by late June.

The rehabilitation project, estimated to cost $9.4 million, addressed the deteriorating condition of the bridge, which closed completely for several days in October 2005 because of emergency repairs.

The project included the blast cleaning and painting of the bridge truss, rehabilitation of the roadway deck and sidewalk as well as the staircase leading to the Pennsylvania Canal, structure repairs and improvements to roadway signing, roadway and bridge lighting, and sidewalk and bridge railings.

The Centre Bridge-Stockton Toll-Supported Bridge carries Bridge Street across the Delaware River and connects Centre Bridge, in Solebury Township, Pa. with the Borough of Stockton in New Jersey. The bridge is a six-span Warren truss structure built in 1926 on the same piers and abutments built in 1814 as part of the original wood bridge at the site. The bridge is constructed of 976 tons of steel and measures 824 feet, 10 inches long and 23 feet, 6 inches wide.

About the Commission

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, formed by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and state of New Jersey in 1934, operates seven toll and 13 toll-supported (free) bridges along the Delaware River from Trenton-Morrisville to the New York border. For more information about the Commission and its various initiatives to deliver safer and more convenient bridge travel for its car- and truck-driving customers, please see: www.drjtbc.org.

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