January 20, 2017

PA, NJ Turnpikes Close Delaware River Bridge in Bucks County

Bridge is temporarily shut down due to a crack in a structural steel component.

The PA Turnpike Commission advises motorists that it has closed the Delaware River Bridge, located in Bucks County on Interstate 276, to all eastbound and westbound traffic. A fracture in one of the steel components, called a truss, was spotted this afternoon by bridge crews from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority – owner of the eastern half of the bridge. The truss must be repaired before traffic can be allowed back onto the bridge. It is currently unknown how long the repair will take.

PA Turnpike motorists heading eastbound into New Jersey should use the below alternate route.

Eastbound Detour

Take the Delaware Valley Exit, #359; follow U.S. Route 13 south to PA Route 413 south, cross the Burlington-Bristol Bridge to U.S. Route 130, heading north. Take U.S. Route 130 north to Route 541 to New Jersey Turnpike Exit 5.

Expect slow-moving or stopped traffic in the area, especially during the afternoon and evening hours.

To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. To learn more about PA Turnpike conditions or to contact us, use one of these resources:


  • Variable & Digital Message Signs — nearly 100 signs along the Turnpike

  • Highway Advisory Radio — 1640 AM (tune-in near interchanges)


  • Turnpike Roadway Information Program (toll-free) — 866-976-TRIP (8747)

  • Customer Assistance Center (toll-free) — 800-331-3414 (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)


CONTACT: Carl DeFebo
717-831-7176 (desk)
717-645-2265 (mobile)