ABOUT THE BRIDGE: IT WON’T CLOSE UNLESS IT NEEDS TO CLOSE

The single most common question we are getting is “When are they going to close the Milford Bridge?”.

The “They” in this is the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTB), who just called us with excellent information we’d like to share.

1. There is no “plan” to close the bridge – there is no magic number that the river level needs to hit that triggers a bridge closure.

2. Reasons that might lead to closure of access to the bridge would include: 

– The roads leading to the bridge are impassable due to water – this is technically a road closure, not a bridge closure, for vehicles the impact is the same.

– There  is a large or dangerous object coming down river that could hit the superstructure of the bridge and cause damage.

– Debris or ice  is accumulating against the superstructure of the bridge (not the pylons supporting the bridge, the bridge itself) in a dangerous fashion.

All of these are “situational” and there’s no formula that says “if this…then that” – the decision is made as it is needed.

You can get bridge status directly from the same source we use – http://www.drjtbc.org/ – right there in the middle of the page is the most recent announcements from the DRJTBC.

 

 

 

 

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