update November 3, 2014:

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today announced that Route 22 motorists may encounter brief traffic slowdowns this evening as construction crews remove concrete barriers from the work for the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

Traffic slowdowns are scheduled to be utilized in both the eastbound and westbound directions during overnight hours -- 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

While single-lane travel patterns and related ramp closures will remain in place along Route 22 after the concrete barriers are removed, project-area demobilization is another indication of how the massive two-year project continues to progress ahead of schedule.

The project passed the 90-percent completed mark in late October. A firm revised date for reaching "substantial completion" is expected to be announced later this month. For motorists, the declaration means that uninterrupted, long-term travel restrictions will no longer be necessary. After that point, only daytime off-peak lane or ramp closures should be necessary. All project work remains on track to reach final completion in the spring.

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update October 30, 2014:

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today announced that the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge Rehabilitation Project is now 90 percent completed and round-the-clock travel restrictions through the work area could end before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The last major project task - construction of the center section of a replacement approach bridge that carries Route 22 across Route 611 in Easton - should be completed within the next 10 days, weather permitting. The project's focus will then shift to final work tasks, punch-list items, and demobilization activities such as removal of temporary concrete roadway barriers.

"If the weather cooperates, this project stands a good chance of reaching substantial completion well before the original target of mid-December," said Joseph J. Resta, the Commission's executive director. "We're now at a juncture where we should be able to cease round-the-clock lane and ramp closures before the annual Thanksgiving travel weekend."

A firm revised date for reaching "substantial completion" will be announced in November. For motorists, the declaration means that uninterrupted, long-term travel restrictions will no longer be necessary. After that point, only daytime off-peak lane or ramp closures should be necessary. All project work remains on track to be track to reach final completion in the spring.

Site preparations for the massive two-year rehabilitation project began in June 2013. Construction work began the following month. Round-the-clock travel restrictions were employed along Route 22 for six months during the 2013 project work stages. Travel restrictions resumed for the 2014 work stage in March.

The Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge Rehabilitation Project involves a roughly 3/4-mile work zone that extends along Route 22 in both Easton and Phillipsburg.

At the toll bridge, the work involves repairing and resurfacing the bridge's road deck; blast cleaning and painting its hulking steel truss; installing a bridge drainage system; and performing various steel, concrete and masonry repair work. Construction activities off the toll bridge include replacement of the deteriorated concrete box-beam approach bridge that carries Route 22 across Route 611 in Easton, rehabilitation of the Bank Street and Third Street overpasses in Easton, full-depth replacement of the approach roadway in Phillipsburg, upgrading of the toll plaza in Phillipsburg and rehabilitation and improvements to a variety of ramps and other associated facilities in the vicinity of the bridge.

More information on the Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) Toll Bridge Rehabilitation Project is available at www.drjtbc.org/tollbridgerehab. To enhance communication with the public, the Commission also has established a toll-free question/comment line - 1-855-FIX-SPAN, a Twitter handle - @22tollbridge, and a project-specific email address - 22tollbridge@drjtbc.org.

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update October 14, 2014:

Motorists may encounter traffic stoppages of up to 15 minutes during overnight hours TONIGHT along Route 22 west in the vicinity of the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The intermittent traffic stoppages are needed to allow for further demobilization of the construction area that had been installed to carry out the two-year rehabilitation project currently taking place at the busy toll bridge. The removal of corrugated platform segments and supports was rescheduled to tonight because of an approaching wind-driven rain storm that is expected to pass across the region beginning mid-day tomorrow.

The overnight traffic stoppages are subject to change due to weather, emergency, and traffic considerations. Motorists should reduce their speeds whenever traveling through a designated work zone.

More information on the Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) Toll Bridge Rehabilitation Project is available at www.drjtbc.org/tollbridgerehab. To enhance communication with the public, the Commission also has established a toll-free question/comment line - 1-855-FIX-SPAN, a Twitter handle - @22tollbridge, and a project-specific email address - 22tollbridge@drjtbc.org.

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update September 26, 2014:

Broad Street in the vicinity of Route 22 in Phillipsburg will be restricted to a single alternating lane of traffic during overnight hours next week, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The travel restriction is needed to allow for removal of an under-deck platform that had been installed to allow for structural repairs and painting at the viaduct that carries Route 22 across Broad Street. The temporary construction structure had been installed as part of the comprehensive rehabilitation project that has been taking place at the Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) Toll Bridge since the summer of last year.