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The Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge (also known as the Interstate 80 Toll Bridge) is a toll bridge that carries Interstate 80 across the Delaware River at the Delaware Water Gap, connecting Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey and Delaware Water Gap, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The bridge was built by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. The 2,465-foot-long (751 m) bridge is a multiple span dual roadway with a steel plate structure. The roadways are 28 feet (8.5 m) wide each and separated from each other by a concrete Jersey barrier.

Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge
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A view of the New Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge during a flood on June 29, 2006
Coordinates 40°58′37″N 75°08′06″W / 40.977°N 75.135°W / 40.977; -75.135Coordinates: 40°58′37″N 75°08′06″W / 40.977°N 75.135°W / 40.977; -75.135
Carries4 lanes of I‑80 and the Appalachian Trail
CrossesDelaware River
LocaleDelaware Water Gap, PA and
Hardwick Twp, NJ
Official nameDelaware Water Gap Toll Bridge
Other name(s)Delaware Water Gap Bridge
Interstate 80 Toll Bridge
Maintained byDelaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
Characteristics
DesignSteel plate beam bridge
Total length2,465 ft (751 m)
Width28 ft (8.5 m)
History
OpenedDecember 16, 1953; 65 years ago (1953-12-16)
Statistics
Toll$1.00 (Automobiles, westbound)

The facility opened to the public on December 16, 1953, at ceremonies attended by Governor of Pennsylvania John S. Fine and Governor of New Jersey Alfred E. Driscoll.[1] The bridge carried US 611 (now Pennsylvania Route 611) for four miles (6 km) in New Jersey to a connection with Route 94. I-80 was routed onto the bridge in 1959.

There is a pedestrian sidewalk on the south side of the New Jersey-bound section of the bridge, separated from motor vehicles with a concrete divider. The pedestrian walkway on the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge connects Pennsylvania's northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail with New Jersey's southern end. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area straddles both sides of the river near the bridge; Worthington State Forest is located along the bridge's New Jersey side.

A six-lane toll plaza, one of which is an Express E-ZPass lane, is located on the Pennsylvania side of the bridge, serving westbound traffic only. The toll for automobiles is $1.00. An E-ZPass Commuter 40% discount is available to those making 20 or more trips in 35 days.

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  1. ^ "New Span Crosses Delaware River: Fine, Driscoll at Ceremonies for Water Gap Bridge—Road to Link Poconos and New York". The New York Times. December 17, 1953. p. 51.

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