update May 7, 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 travel restrictions are needed to allow contractors to cleanse the roadway surface of project-related residue.

Each intermittent traffic stoppages may last up to 15-minutes. The stoppages will be at various intervals along either direction of Route 22 between 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, and 2 a.m. Thursday, May 8.

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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update May 1, 2014:

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced two kernels of good news about the progress on its Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

First, the split traffic pattern on the Route 22 westbound approach to the bridge's toll plaza in Phillipsburg is expected to be lifted during the overnight hours tonight.

The split pattern had been established in early April to allow for replacement of concrete pavement slabs before and after the plaza's center toll collection lane. The roadway split, however, limited to the ability of cash-paying motorists to pay their tolls at the toll plaza, requiring them to use only the right approach lane. The left lane in the split pattern provided access solely to two E-ZPass-only lanes.

Last month's split-travel pattern was generally considered the project's toughest overall phase from a traffic management perspective. Upon removal of the concrete-barriers that divided Route 22 west into two separate lanes, motorists will once again have unfettered access to two E-ZPass-only lanes and at least two mixed-mode lanes that accept both cash and E-ZPass.

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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