For the first few weeks of the Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) Toll Bridge Rehabilitation Project, the lane closures will be different than originally expected.
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced on Thursday that the changes to the plan are in place to prevent potential conflicts with a PennDOT paving project west of the commission's boundaries along Route 22.
The original lane closures reduced travel to single lanes in each direction along Route 22 that would extend around the clock until mid-December.
After talks between the Commission's project team and the PennDot paving project on Thursday, an agreement was made to change the original plans.
In a press release from the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge Rehabiliation Project, the changes would be as follows:
Eastbound Route 22 -- A single-lane travel pattern will be put into effect along Route 22 as originally planned. Beginning Monday, eastbound Route 22 motorists will be limited to a single lane from slightly west of Cemetery Curve in Easton and continuing east onto the toll bridge at the Delaware River. This pattern largely will remain in place on a 24/7 basis -- the exception being several nights when PennDOT needs to construct its own single-lane pattern in the same zone. The eastbound single-lane pattern will be lifted in its entirely for the July 4 holiday weekend, but reestablished on July 8 to remain in effect for the rest of the year as originally planned.
Westbound Route 22 -- The single-lane pattern in this direction (from the toll bridge to just past Fourth Street in Easton) will not initally be put into effect on a 24/7 basis. Instead, it will be implemented each weekeday morning at 6 a.m. and then lifted at 3:30 p.m. each weekday afternoon to allow for passage of evening peak-period traffic. Two westbound lanes will open on the remaining weekends in June and for the entire July 4 holiday period. However, on July 8, the single-lane westbound pattern will go into place on a 24/7 basis, remaining in effect until mid-December as originall planned.
The start date of the commission's project is still set for June 17, and should not be impacted by the lane closure changes.