Emergency Travel Alert

EASTON, PA – I-78 eastbound near Phillipsburg, N.J. will be restricted to a single travel lane (two of three lanes closed) for the Friday morning, August 25, commuting period, according to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

Overnight roadway repair work along the highway segment had to be shut down due to an unforeseen emergency situation.  As a result, only one lane of I-78 eastbound on the New Jersey side of the I-78 Toll Bridge at the Delaware River is considered safe to carry traffic.

New Jersey-bound commuters and freight carriers from Pennsylvania should expect morning-peak traffic backups extending into Pennsylvania and causing queues as far away as the I-78/Route 33 interchange near Bethlehem. Travel delays of an hour or more are possible. The Commission is advising motorists to consider alternate routes for travel from Pennsylvania into New Jersey Friday morning.  I-78 westbound is unaffected.  Traffic is heaviest in the eastbound direction during weekday morning commuting periods.

The Commission will give an update on the I-78 eastbound situation around mid-day Friday. The Commission owns and maintains the first 4.2 miles of I-78 in New Jersey east of Pennsylvania.

About the Commission

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission was formed statutorily by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey in 1934 and Congress ratified the arrangement under the Compact Clause of U.S. Constitution in August 1935.  The agency operates eight toll bridges and 12 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. Its bridges carried more than 128.1 million cars and trucks in 2022. For more information, please go to: www.drjtbc.org.

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