(NEW HOPE, PA) – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today issued a travel advisory for its customers in the Bucks County, Pa. and Mercer County, N.J. region who regularly use the agency’s Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge, the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge and three other lower-volume crossings.
The Route 1 and I-95 crossings have encountered higher traffic volumes this weekend due to the emergency closure of the Delaware River Bridge connecting the Pennsylvania Turnpike and New Jersey Turnpike. Congestion and delays have been especially prevalent at the Route 29 exit ramp off Route 1 northbound immediately after the Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge.
This ongoing traffic situation is expected to worsen the heavy travel volumes that regularly occur during weekday morning job commuting periods at these two bridges, as well as three other bridges connecting Mercer and Bucks counties. A Nor’easter projected to hit the region overnight is expected to exacerbate travel problems during the Monday morning rush.
Accordingly the Commission has issued a travel alert for Monday morning’s peak period at its five “southerly crossings” serving Mercer and Bucks counties. (Traffic at these crossings is always heaviest in the Pennsylvania-to-New Jersey direction on workdays.)
ALERT! For Monday morning – 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. — The Commission urges its Bucks/Mercer bridge users to allow extra time to reach their destinations and to exercise patience and caution in deference to the regional travel emergency arising from the closure of the bridge linking the two state turnpikes. This alert applies to the Commission’s five southerly crossings:
- Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge (both directions)
- Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge (both directions)
- Lower Trenton (“Trenton Makes” Toll-Supported Bridge (eastbound)
- Calhoun Street Toll-Supported Bridge (eastbound)
- Washington Crossing Toll-Supported Bridge (eastbound)