ADVISORY - The bridge connecting the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Turnpikes was closed to traffic in both directions this afternoon after a fracture was discovered in a critical steel component during a biennial bridge inspection. The fracture was discovered on the top of an approach span truss on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River. It needs to be repaired immediately. It is unknown at this time how long the repair will take.
The 5.7-mile Pearl Harbor Extension of the New Jersey Turnpike, which connects the mainline of the Turnpike to the bridge, will be closed to traffic while the bridge is closed. Motorists headed to Pennsylvania must find an alternate crossing. Alternatives include Interstate 78, Interstate 295, and the Burlington-Bristol Bridge.
The connecting bridge, known as the Delaware River Turnpike Bridge, is owned and maintained jointly by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
For real-time information about traffic conditions in the area, drivers are encouraged to download the SafeTripNJ app for their iPhones or Android devices or call 511 from any telephone. Live camera views of traffic conditions are available on the Turnpike Authority’s website at www.state.nj.us/turnpike.