YARDLEY, PA  – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission received notification that one of its Bridge Monitors at the Northampton Street Toll-Supported Bridge (“the free bridge” between Easton, PA. and Phillipsburg, N.J.) has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee worked overnight shifts from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.  The individual’s recent work schedule was March 30 and 31; and April 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9. Out of an abundance of caution, the Commission is recommending pedestrians who crossed the Northampton Street Bridge in the overnight hours on the previously mentioned dates and may not have socially distanced themselves from a Commission employee that they encountered, to monitor their symptoms and contact a healthcare provider if they are feeling ill.  The Commission will not be providing further information on this matter in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

The Commission continues to work closely with its workforce to prevent coronavirus exposure and to provide an environment that is as healthy and safe as possible during this unprecedented coronavirus crisis. The Commission, for example, temporarily suspended cash toll collections at its seven barrier toll plaza locations starting the night of March 24; the Commission has since collected tolls through E-ZPass or bills to be sent in the mail to registered vehicle owners.

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 eight toll bridges and 12 toll-supported bridges, two of which are pedestrian-only spans.  (Note:  The first completed span of the new Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge opened to traffic during overnight hours on July 9, 2019.) 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 139.2 million cars and trucks in 2018. 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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