(EASTON., PA) – Motorists traveling I-78 westbound may encounter slight delays during overnight hours starting Monday, April 24, as the I-78 Toll Bridge’s Express E-ZPass facility’s electronic toll collection equipment undergoes replacement, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
The nightly shutdowns of the Express E-ZPass lanes will require E-ZPass customers to use the adjoining conventional toll plaza instead. All lanes at the toll plaza are outfitted to handle E-ZPass transactions. Three of the four lanes at the toll plaza also can handle cash toll payments.
The nightly E-ZPass Express travel restrictions on I-78 are scheduled to be in effect 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. The first shutdown will start Monday night, April 24. The last one is scheduled to start Sunday, April 30 and end 6 a.m. May 1.
The closure periods are purposely limited to overnight hours when traffic is lightest. This, in turn, should minimize travel impacts for toll paying customers.
The work at the Express E-ZPass facility is one of the final facets of a system-wide overhaul of the Commission’s toll-collection infrastructure. The project entails removal of the Commission’s aging toll-collection software and hardware at its seven toll bridges and replacing it with the latest equipment and technology in the tolling industry. The modernization effort will implement upgrades to nearly every facet of the agency’s legacy toll system, including manual cash collections, conventional toll-lane E-ZPass transactions, and highway-speed open-road tolling.
The scheduled travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergency, and traffic considerations.