The Fourth Street on ramp to Route 22 west will be closed 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow - Tuesday, August 19 - for repaving work as part of the rehabilitation project currently taking place at the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
Motorists seeking to access Route 22 west from downtown Easton during the closure period are advised to travel to the highway's 13th Street interchange via Northampton Street or Wood Avenue.
The ramp closure is an extension of repaving and roadway striping work currently taking place along Snyder Street, an adjoining thoroughfare the Commission owns and maintains in downtown in Easton. Portions of Snyder Street are closed 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Wednesday, August 20 for these paving activities.
Motorists planning to use Snyder Street and the adjoining Fourth Street on ramp to Route 22 west during the aforementioned closure periods are advised to allow extra time to reach their destinations.
The scheduled travel-restrictions 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
update July 28, 2014:
Continuing progress on the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge Rehabilitation Project will allow for the reopening of the Route 22 westbound exit ramp to Route 611 and the reopening of the Riverside Drive/Route 611 underpass beneath Route 22 at toll bridge's western end tomorrow morning, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
Shortly after the ramp and underpass are reopened, the Snyder Street exit ramp from Route 22 westbound will be closed to traffic and a detour route for Snyder Street exit-ramp traffic will be established along city streets in Easton. The Snyder Street ramp closure and corresponding detour route pattern is expected to remain in place for roughly a month.
The traffic pattern changes are scheduled to go into effect around 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 29.
The Route 22 westbound off-ramp to Route 611 and the nearby underpass beneath Route 22 have been closed to traffic for four months to allow for execution of a series of construction tasks associated with the comprehensive rehabilitation project taking place in the area of the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge. A major facet of this work involved replacement of the upstream portion of the former concrete box-beam bridge that carried Route 22 traffic across Route 611/Riverside Drive.
The impending closure of the Snyder Street ramp exit will enable construction crews to perform a series of repairs and improvements. This will include repair of concrete slabs, storm-drainage improvements, guiderail installations, placement of an impact attenuator at the exit's gore area, and milling and repaving.
The approved Snyder Street exit ramp detour will instruct motorists to take the reopened Route 611 exit ramp instead. The detour will then direct traffic to the Route 611/Riverside Drive underpass beneath Route 22 to Spring Garden Street and ultimately Third Street, where traffic will turn right to access Snyder Street on the other side of Route 22.
The scheduled traffic pattern changes are subject to change due to weather, traffic conditions and emergencies. Motorists are urged to reduce their speeds and use caution when travelling through active work zones.
Project Status Update
The goal is to complete the work at the Snyder Street exit ramp in a month, so that it may be reopened in time for the Labor Day weekend. After the holiday, the Route 611 exit ramp and the Route 611/Riverside Drive underpass will again close to allow for completion of the remaining center section of the former concrete box beam approach bridge at the toll bridge's immediate western end.
At this juncture, the project's construction activities have surpassed the 70-percent completed threshold and the Commission anticipates that it may be possible to reach substantial completion - the point when round-the-clock lane closures are no longer necessary - before the original mid-December target date.
More information on the 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 - email@example.com.
update June 27, 2014:
Two Route 22 ramps on the New Jersey side of the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge will be closed for paving work early next week, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
The Broad Street exit ramp from Route 22 east in Phillipsburg will be subjected to a continuous round-the-clock beginning 6 a.m. Monday, June 30, and ending 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 2.
Meanwhile, the on-ramp to Route 22 west from Third Street/Memorial Parkway in Phillipsburg will be closed between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily on Monday, June 30; Tuesday, July 1, and Wednesday, July 2. The schedule at this ramp is such that it will allow for highway access during the evening peak traffic period in the westbound direction.
Motorists are urged to use alternate routes when the respective ramps are closed.