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November 8, 2012

Pedestrian Walkways at Calhoun Street, Lower Trenton "Trenton Makes" Bridges Will Remain Open

Contact: Joe Donnelly (215) 862-7693 or Ethan Vickers (412) 926-5730

TRENTON, NJ - The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today urged Trenton-area motorists to expect detours and delays Saturday morning when a half-marathon running race will block vehicular access to the agency's Calhoun Street and Lower Trenton "Trenton Makes" Bridges.

The Commission recommended that motorists plan alternative routes and allow extra time for travel in Trenton, N.J. and Morrisville, PA. when the race takes place. Motorists who need to cross the Delaware River between the two communities ostensibly have two choices: the Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge, which has a $1 base toll for passenger vehicles, or the non-toll Scudder Falls (I-95) Toll Bridge upriver between Ewing, N.J. and Lower Makefield, PA.

Race organizers have yet to provide the Commission with a full explanation of the various road closure times that will be necessary to carry out the event.  However, Commission staff has compiled the following list of major road closures in Trenton and approximate closing/reopening times:

1. NJ Route 29 and all access ramps connecting the highway with the Lower Trenton, Calhoun Street and Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) bridges will be closed.  Some of these ramp closures could begin as early as 6 a.m., but most will be implemented at around 7:30 a.m.  Closures will remain in effect until at least 10 a.m. and perhaps until as late as noon.

2. All access roads to the Lower Trenton Toll-Supported Bridge will be closed from 7:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. (I hour and 45 minutes)

3. All access roads to the Calhoun Street Bridge will be closed from 7:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. (3 hours)

4. A shutdown of New Warren Street in Trenton will require a closure of the New Warren Street exit ("Last Exit in New Jersey") off Route 1 South from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. So, the last exit off Route 1 South in New Jersey will be at Market Street. (Note: From 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. there will be no toll-free access between Trenton and Morrisville. Motorists seeking non-toll crossings between Bucks and Mercer Counties can instead travel 4.8 miles north to the Scudder Falls/I-95 Bridge.)

5. Pedestrian access to the bridges is not expected to be affected.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has issued a press release on the Route 29 closures and detour routes: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2012/110812t.shtm

A map showing the various Trenton and Morrisville roadways to be used in the half-marathon race course may be viewed at: http://www.trentonhalf.com/index.php/event-info/course.

A list of roadways and bridges affected by the half-marathon may be viewed by clicking here:  Closure list.

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 seven toll bridges and 13 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. The bridges carried more than 137.4 million cars and trucks in 2011. 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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