On Friday, January 20th the PA Turnpike Commission first notified the public of the Delaware River Bridge closure located in Bucks County, PA on Interstate 276 following the discovery of a fracture in a steel truss.
The PA Turnpike Commission and New Jersey Turnpike Authority are advising motorists to expect extreme congestion and delays starting at all Delaware River crossings between Bucks County in Pennsylvania and Burlington and Mercer counties in New Jersey due to the continued emergency closure of the bridge connecting the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes.
The following detours are in place:
- Motorists heading to New Jersey will be detoured at PA Turnpike Exit 351 to Route 1 northbound to I-95 northbound, which becomes I-295 southbound in New Jersey, to I-195 eastbound to the New Jersey Turnpike. PA Turnpike Exit #358, Delaware Valley, will remain open for local traffic only; watch out for a single-lane pattern approaching Delaware Valley.
- 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. Motorists traveling from northern New Jersey are advised to exit at Interchange 14 and use I-78 west into Pennsylvania.
The fracture must be repaired before traffic can be allowed back onto the bridge. In a statement released earlier this week the Turnpike Commission said, “The assessment will take about two weeks before timeline for the permanent repair can be determined. Until more is understood about the damage, it is not possible to estimate how many days or weeks the bridge will need to be closed while the permanent fix is made.”
Odyssey will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are available.