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Sabatina Urges Preparation, Patience around Delaware River Bridge Closure

Delaware River BridgeThe sudden closure of the bridge connecting the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes is going to have a substantial impact on commuters in the region, not only for drivers who typically use the bridge but also for those motorists taking alternate routes near the span.

Motorists should prepare for major traffic congestion and plan to use alternate routes as emergency repairs continue on the bridge.

While I understand that this will cause significant disruption in the area, I urge all commuters to take the time to plan alternate routes and carpool if possible, especially during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Safety is a top priority, so please drive carefully and exercise patience as crews work on the bridge. To get timely, accurate updates on the bridge closure and repairs, visit https://www.paturnpike.com/DRBAlert.aspx

We’re fortunate that the crack in the steel beam was discovered before a devastating collapse. I’m grateful that the engineers who discovered the fracture acted swiftly. This incident emphasizes the critical need to invest in our infrastructure so that our roads and bridges remain sturdy and safe for travelers, which will be my focus as newly appointed Democratic chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. 

Turnpike officials recommend that eastbound motorists traveling to New Jersey should exit at the Bensalem Interchange, Exit No. 351, take US-1 North to I-95 North to I-295 South to I-195 East and use Exit 6 on I-1955 to reenter the New Jersey Turnpike. PA Turnpike Exit #358, Delaware Valley, will remain open for local traffic only. Local roadways under the bridge including Radcliff Street, Palmer Avenue and Wood Avenue are also closed until further notice.

Motorists heading to Pennsylvania will be detoured at New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 7A to I-195 westbound to I-295 northbound, which becomes I-95 southbound; or from New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 5 to Mount Holly Road.

The bridge is jointly owned and maintained by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. It was deemed unsafe and immediately closed Friday following the discovery of a fracture in a steel truss, and no timetable has been set for the reopening, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

 

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