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Bridge construction update on Route 22

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 06 2014 09:01:59 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 06 2014 09:44:11 PM CST

Drivers should get used to some new traffic patterns on Route 22 between Easton and Phillipsburg.

Drivers should get used to some new traffic patterns on Route 22 between Easton and Phillipsburg.

Officials say the changes came ahead of time due to the condition of the road which only worsened thanks to the winter weather.

The repairs on the 75 year old bridge between Easton and Phillipsburg began last summer.

According to officials with the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, things are going well but crews had to move ahead of schedule by a couple of weeks on the westbound side, bringing traffic down to one lane due to the conditions of the road and mother nature.

“There have been a few sporadic period of thawing as you know, that's caused pot hole problems everywhere between Pennsylvania and New Jersey and this is no exception,” said Joe Donnelly spokesperson with the commission.

Donnelly adds drivers should also expect the eastbound side to go down to one lane March 16 and says the lane restrictions will stay in place by the end of this year.

“These would be the same single lane type of patterns that people experienced last year during the 2013 stage of the project,” he said.

However, Donnelly says they will be making some fine tune adjustments to help drivers move more quickly, especially during rush hour.

“Among the things that we are going to do is try and see about getting another cash lane possibly open or try to bump out the area a little farther back,” he said.