DELAWARE WATER GAP, PA – I-80 westbound motorists could encounter slight travel delays Wednesday night while approaching the toll-collection booths on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap Bridge, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced Thursday.
A new traffic pattern is scheduled to be put into place in the area of the bridge’s toll plaza starting 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1. To enable work crews to execute the traffic shift and realign concrete barriers, the toll plaza will operate through a portion of the night with only two toll booth available for processing cash transactions. The adjoining Express E-ZPass facility will remain fully open during this transitional period.
When the traffic shift is completed, the two toll booths on the left side of the plaza will be barricaded to traffic. The three remaining toll booths on the right will be open to process both cash and E-ZPass transactions. This pattern is expected to remain in place into the fall.
The new toll plaza travel pattern will provide a safe area for construction crews to replace the failing concrete pavements in the area of the two left toll booths. The concrete slabs for the other three toll collection lanes will have already been replaced.
The work is part of the $3.8 million Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge Facility Westbound Toll Plaza Roadway and New Jersey Approach Repairs Project, which began earlier this year. The roughly six-month-long project is addressing pavement deficiencies in the area of the Delaware Water Gap (I-80) Toll Bridge’s toll plaza area and along the bridge’s eastbound and westbound New Jersey approach roadways.
Additional travel restrictions will be needed to complete the project and these will be announced sometime after Labor Day. The project’s construction activities are expected to be completed in the late fall.
The travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergencies, traffic, and equipment/materials mobilization. Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations, reduce speeds and exercise caution when travelling through project work areas.