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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update April 8, 2014:

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today warned job commuters to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destinations if they plan to use Route 22 westbound at the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge during the Wednesday evening peak travel period - 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday evening will mark the first time that job commuters will encounter a new split traffic pattern on the Route 22 westbound approach to the bridge's toll plaza in Phillipsburg. This particular new pattern will require all cash customers to move into the right lane before the roadway is split into two concrete-barrier-separated chutes east of the toll plaza area. The left lane at the roadway split will provide access to E-ZPass-only toll lanes. Cash customers will have no choice but to continue through E-Pass collection lanes if they fail to move right before the highway split.

Establishment of the new split pattern along Route 22 west in Phillipsburg is scheduled to begin immediately following today's evening peak commuting period - at roughly 7 p.m.

The potential for increased traffic congestion and driving delays often arises whenever new travel patterns are established and job commuters encounter the changes for the first time. This will occur for the first time late Wednesday afternoon.

The Commission is urging evening job commuters to plan ahead by allowing more time to reach their destinations, altering their commutes to another time, or using the I-78 Toll Bridge as an alternate travel route if at all possible.

To raise commuter awareness of the situation, the project contractor will install a series of fixed-metal and portable electronic signs along Route 22 westbound in Phillipsburg to warn motorists about the approaching roadway split and the need for cash-paying customers to use only the right lane. Handout cards warning of the impending split travel pattern also are being distributed to cash customers at the toll plaza. Additionally, a Twitter message has been sent to individuals who requested updates through that social media outlet.

The split-pattern is necessary to enable work crews to rehabilitated worn and damaged pavement sections in the toll plaza's center collection lane. An extended concrete-barricaded construction zone will be put into place before and after the toll plaza, splitting the toll plaza into two distinct sections, with two E-ZPass-only lanes on the left side of the cordoned work area and two mixed-mode (combined cash/E-ZPass) lanes on the right side.

More information on the Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) Toll Bridge Rehabilitation Project is available at www.drjtbc.org/tollbridgerehab.
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update April 7, 2014:

Cash toll payers at the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge will need to stay alert and keep right beginning Tuesday night when a new split-traffic pattern is established on the Route 22 westbound approach to the bridge's toll plaza in Phillipsburg, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

(Note: This split travel pattern originally was expected to take effect 7 p.m. tonight (Monday), but the scheduled implementation has been postponed an additional day due to rain forecasts.)

The split-pattern is necessary to enable work crews to rehabilitated worn and damaged pavement sections in the toll plaza's center collection lane. An extended concrete-barricaded construction zone will be put into place before and after the toll plaza. This island-like area effectively will split the toll plaza into two distinct sections, with two E-ZPass-only lanes on the left side of the cordoned work area and two mixed-mode (combined cash/E-ZPass) lanes on the right side.

As a result, it will be necessary to split Route 22 westbound into two separate lanes well ahead of the toll plaza. The taper splitting the two-lane highway into two concrete-barrier-separated chutes will begin shortly after the last New Jersey exit in Phillipsburg. All cash motorists will need to keep right at this point and use the right lane to pay cash at the toll plaza. Cash customers who fail to heed warning signs along the roadway and then use the left lane to reach the toll plaza will be blocked off from any cash-collection lanes. They will have no choice but to go through the E-ZPass-only lanes ahead.