PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – Construction activities for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s I-78 Bridges and Approach Slabs Rehabilitation Project will require a series of lane restrictions in both the east and westbound directions along I-78 near the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border during the week of April 22.
The schedule of project-related lane closures is as follows:
I-78 Westbound (NJ) – Starting at either mile marker 0.5 or mile marker 2.4 west of Phillipsburg/Still Valley interchange (Exit 3) in New Jersey
- Overnight single-lane travel pattern (two of three westbound lanes closed) – 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. (next day) Monday, Apr. 23, through Thursday, Apr. 26.
- Uninterrupted 57-hour-long weekend single-lane travel pattern (two of three westbound lanes closed) 10 p.m. Friday, Apr. 27, to 7 a.m. Monday, Apr. 30. (Warning: severe travel delays are likely on Saturday and Sunday due to this single-lane travel pattern).
I-78 Eastbound (PA) – Starting at Easton/Morgan Hill Road interchange (exit 75) in Pennsylvania to half mile past the I-78 Toll Bridge in New Jersey
- Two-lane travel pattern (one of three lanes closed) round the clock until further notice.
I-78 Eastbound (NJ) – Starting at mile marker 2.3 and continuing until mile marker 3.5 in New Jersey
- Two-lane travel pattern (one of three lanes closed) at all times except for overnight single-lane travel pattern (two of three lanes closed) 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. (next day) Monday, Apr. 23 and Tuesday, Apr. 24.
The scheduled travel restrictions listed above are subject to change due to weather, emergency, traffic, and project mobilization considerations. Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations, to reduce speeds, and to exercise caution when travelling through project work areas.
The lane closures are needed for the execution of various project tasks, including bridge painting at the overpasses across Edge Road (Pohatcong and Alpha, N.J.) and Carpentersville Road (Pohatcong, N.J.); and approach slab replacement work at County Route 519 (Pohatcong, N.J.).
Note: Four additional continuous, weekend-long, single-lane restricted travel periods are expected to be implemented along I-78 westbound this spring. Because of the increased likelihood of backups and delays arising when the 57-hour-long single-lane travel patterns along westbound I-78 are in effect, affected motorists are urged to consider adjusting their planned travel times, using other travel routes and/or allowing extra time to reach destinations.
For more information on the I-78 Bridges and Approach Slabs Rehabilitation Project, please go to: http://www.drjtbc.org/project/I-78