The next phase of work activities in the toll plaza area will only require the far right toll collection lane and its entry and exit pavement sections to be closed to traffic.

The second morsel of good news is that the total amount of completed work tasks for the nearly two-year project has now reached the half-way point. The progress list includes the following work elements that have been completed or substantially completed:

- Replacement of structural steel sections beneath the toll bridge and the approach viaduct on the New Jersey side;

- Complete rehabilitation of a third of the bridge's travel lanes and partial rehabilitation of another third;

- Rehabilitation of the Route 22 eastbound entry ramps in Easton;

- Repainting of the bridge's lower downstream sections;

- Rehabilitation of the eastbound approach roadway;

- More than half of the reconstruction of a new approach bridge that carries Route 22 traffic across Route 611 in Easton.

Work on the project began in the early summer of last year, necessitating single-lane travel along each direction of Route 22 from July into December. After a winter hiatus that allowed for two-lane travel along each direction of Route 22, construction activities ramped up again in early March with the reinstitution of single-lane travel along each direction of Route 22. A variety of other travel restrictions also are being imposed during various work phases of the project. All traffic-related impacts are expected to come to an end in mid-December of this year. Final project work activities that carry on into the spring of 2015 are not expected to require any long-term travel restrictions.

The roughly $30 million project involves a three-quarter mile work zone that includes the toll bridge, adjoining portions of Route 22, a variety of entry and exit ramps, the toll plaza, and several smaller approach bridges.

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 April 26,2014:

A second toll collection lane will need to be closed during off-peak daytime early next week at the toll plaza on the Route 22 westbound approach for the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The center toll collection lane at the plaza is already cordoned off to motorists. But between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, April, 28; Tuesday, April 29; and Wednesday, April 30, the collection immediately to the right of the center lane also will be closed.

The closure is needed to allow for replacement of the concrete slab between the toll lanes and the installation of a new impact attenuator in front of the toll booth at that location. The travel restriction cause some delays for cash-paying customers at the toll plaza, however, significant traffic congestion is not expected six-hour-long toll lane closure periods will be restricted to off-peak travel times.

The work is part of a comprehensive two-year rehabilitation project currently taking place at the toll bridge. This facet of work, once completed later in the week, should allow for removal of the split travel pattern that is currently in place on the Route 22 westbound approach to the toll plaza on the bridge's Phillipsburg side.

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 April 21, 2014:

Motorists may encounter traffic stoppages of up to 15 minutes during overnight hours late Wednesday into early Thursday along both directions of Route 22 at the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The travel restrictions are needed to allow contractors to move heavy equipment into and out of the work zone for the rehabilitation project currently taking place at the toll bridge and adjoining portions of Route 22.

Intermittent traffic stoppages of up to 15-minute durations may be employed along either direction of Route 22 from 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, to 1 a.m. Thursday, April 24.

Motorists planning to use Route 22 in the Easton-Phillipsburg during this period are advised to allow extra time to reach their destinations or use alternative routes.

The scheduled travel-restriction start dates and times 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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