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I-78 eastbound right lane in Pa. and across Delaware River Bridge to NJ closed indefinitely

Interstate 78 eastbound after the last Pennsylvania exit and continuing across the I-78 toll bridge at the Delaware River will remain in a two-lane travel configuration until further notice, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced Wednesday.

The far right I-78 eastbound lane east of the Morgan Hill Road/PA Route 611 interchange (Exit 75 – Easton) had to be shut down late Tuesday afternoon for safety reasons. A section of an expansion joint where the bridge meets the New Jersey-side roadway broke off and became a travel hazard.

Maintenance crews could not make a satisfactory temporary repair Wednesday morning and engineers are planning a permanent repair that might be completed by the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Until then, I-78 eastbound will be reduced to two travel lanes beginning after Exit 75 in Pennsylvania and continuing across the Delaware River. The entry ramp from Morgan Hill Road/Route 611 onto I-78 eastbound will remain open, but a stop condition is necessary to control entry onto the highway. Slight delays are possible at this location during morning peak commuting periods.

The 2.25-mile section of I-78 between the Morgan Hill Road/PA Route 611 (Easton) exit and the I-78 Toll Bridge is owned and maintained by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.  The Commission also is responsible for the first 4.2 miles of I-78 in New Jersey.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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