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November 20, 2012


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

EASTON, PA - Two open house sessions will be held November 28 on proposed construction plans, lane restrictions, and detours for an upcoming rehabilitation of the Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) Toll Bridge, its approach roadways, toll plaza and nearby exit and entry ramps, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The sessions will consist of a variety of viewing stations where residents, motorists, business owners and other stakeholders may speak with members of the project design/engineering team to examine project concepts, ask questions and submit comments. The two open houses will feature identical displays of the project limits, work objectives, existing conditions, lane closures and traffic detours, proposed improvements, and the anticipated construction schedule.

The locations and times for the open houses are:

Grand Eastonian Suites Hotel

140 Northampton St.

Easton, Pa.

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge Administration Building

76 Broad Street

Phillipsburg, N.J.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The toll bridge, which will turn 75 years old in January, last underwent a rehabilitation in 1990.

Primary elements of the rehabilitation project are anticipated to include repairing the deck; blast cleaning and painting the truss; installing a bridge drainage system; performing various steel, concrete and masonry repair work; reconstructing and repaving the bridge's approach roadways; and upgrading the toll plaza.

Construction activities are expected to begin in June 2013 and carry over into early 2015. The project is expected to require 15 months of single-lane traffic restrictions in each direction spread between parts of 2013 and 2014. The display boards and other materials presented to the public at the open house sessions will later be uploaded to a Web page the Commission has created to provide the public with information about the project.

While the bridge and its related facilities are considered to be in overall satisfactory or fair condition, examinations of the Commission's Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) facility have identified several deficiencies that warrant rehabilitation and/or improvement under a single project. These include:

  • Numerous medium to wide transverse cracks throughout the bridge deck slab with several spalls and exposed rebar;
  • Several members of the bridge's floor beam system exhibit areas of medium to severe surface rust and peeling paint;
  • Pack rust has built up at several locations between eyebars and gusset plate connections;
  • Medium to wide cracks exist in the asphalt and concrete slabs of the approach bridge structures and roadways;
  • Large areas of deteriorated asphalt patches and concrete areas at some locations;
  • Leaking and deteriorated deck joints at several locations.

A project-specific webpage is available for viewing in the Commission Projects section of the agency's website. It may be viewed at www.drjtbc.org/tollbridgerehab.

The Web page outlines the reasons for why the project must be undertaken as well as providing information on major project elements and the public involvement program the Commission is conducting to gather comment on concept plans before the project goes into its final design phase.

The current total program cost for the rehabilitation project is estimated to be $29.6 million. This figure includes concept design, inspections, preliminary design, final design, construction, construction management and construction inspection, advertising, public involvement and all other project-related activities.

The project is part of the Commission's $1.2 billion Capital Improvement Program, which involves the rehabilitation and modernization of existing facilities, operational and service enhancements to optimize capacity and improve traffic flow, expansion and construction of new transportation facilities, and system protection aimed at safeguarding the agency's critical infrastructure and its customers. The program is funded solely by revenues collected at the agency's seven toll bridges.

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.f the Lumberville-Raven Rock Toll-Supported Pedestrian Bridge during spring 2013.

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