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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 Gapmarker, connecting Hardwick Townshipmarker, New Jerseymarker and Delaware Water Gapmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker. The bridge was built by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. The -long bridge is a multiple span dual roadway with a steel plate structure. The roadways are wide each and separated from each other by a concrete Jersey barrier.

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. The bridge carried US 611 (now Pennsylvania Route 611) for four miles (6 km) in New Jersey to a connection with Route 94. Interstate 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 walk way on the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge connects the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania with the southern terminus of the trail in New Jersey. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Areamarker surrounds both sides of the river near the bridge and Worthington State Forestmarker is located along the bridge's New Jersey side.

An eight-lane toll plaza is located on the Pennsylvania side of the bridge, serving westbound traffic only. The toll for automobiles is 75ยข. An E-ZPass Commuter 40% discount is available to those making 20 or more trips in 35 days.

Construction of Water Gap Bridge, Photo dated 8/14/1954


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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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