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Delaware Memorial Bridge Project, Phase III, Begins, Lane Closures Announced

Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials announced that construction work to prepare for Phase III – the third and final phase of the major construction project to rehabilitate the bridge deck (driving surface) of the New Jersey bound span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge (DMB) begins on or about the night of September 4. Once the lane closures have been set up, two right lanes of the northbound span will be continuously closed until Thanksgiving week.

Beginning at night on September 4 and continuing to September 8, construction crews will work to establish the bypass lane on the Delaware bound span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. While the bypass lane is being created, the two left lanes of the Delaware bound structure will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., with a third lane closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.. Once opened to traffic this bypass lane will reroute one lane of the New Jersey bound traffic to the exterior lane of the Delaware bound bridge and will only accommodate cars headed for the New Jersey Turnpike.

DRBA engineers have designed the project to minimize traffic congestion on the bridges, however, congestion may still occur during rush hour periods and peak weekend travel times. The Authority’s highest priority is the safety of the traveling public and urges drivers to be careful, stay alert and obey all posted speed limit signs.

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