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Traffic signals near Easton-Phillipsburg free bridge to be manually controlled 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays

The schedule for manually controlled traffic signals near the Northampton Street Bridge, also known as the Easton-Phillipsburg free bridge, is being revised and will now be in effect 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays.

An experiment with manual control of the traffic signals at each end of the bridge was tested during May. The experiment showed a moderation of traffic backups and travel delays during weekday afternoons at the bridge, which has been reduced to one lane in each direction for a multi-faceted rehabilitation project taking place in 2022.

When manual control of traffic signals near the bridge is in effect, Phillipsburg police operate the traffic signal at Union Square and Main Street in Phillipsburg while bridge commission personnel control the traffic signal at Northampton Street and Larry Holmes Drive in Easton.

The Commission is looking into the possibility of extending manual control to select weekends when large community events take place in either Easton or Phillipsburg during the summer and fall.

Despite the continued implementation of manually controlled traffic signals near the bridge, the Commission urges motorists to allow additional time to reach their destinations or reschedule travel plans if they plan to use the Northampton Street Bridge while it undergoes rehabilitation.

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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