EWING, NJ – The first of the recently constructed elevated ramp structures at the I-295/Route 29 interchange (exit 76) is scheduled to open next week in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
The new structure will be part of the new on-ramp to I-295 SB (formerly I-95 NB) from Route 29 NB.
To bring the new ramp structure into service, an overnight detour will be implemented for all Route 29 northbound traffic approaching the I-295 interchange. From 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, to 6 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, Route 29 northbound will be barricaded at the highway’s intersection with West Upper Ferry Road in Ewing, N.J. This will affect three travel movements as follows:
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- Route 29 NB traffic will proceed to Route 175/River Road and follow that nearby roadway to its intersection with Route 29 for travel north toward Lambertville.
- Route 29 NB motorists seeking to access I-295 SB (old I-95 NB) will also proceed to Route 175/River Road to use that roadway’s on-ramp to I-295 SB.
- Route 29 NB motorists seeking to access I-295 NB/WB and the Scudder Falls Bridge into Pennsylvania will be directed to follow West Upper Ferry Road to a left turn onto Route 579/Bear Tavern Road (traffic light,) and following that thoroughfare across I-295 to the on-ramp for I-295 NB.
Also next week, the I-295 EB/SB travel lanes will be shifted to the right upon crossing the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey. To facilitate implementation of the new travel pattern, I-295 EB/SB will be reduced to a single travel lane during overnight hours on Wednesday, Aug. 5
The full schedule of project-related travel restrictions for the week of September 2 follows:
- I-295 east (old I-95 north) from the Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 8, old exit 49) to the Scudder Falls Bridge – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns noon to 6 a.m. (next day) Tuesday, Sept. 4; and 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 through Friday, Sept. 7.
- I-295 west (old I-95 south) from the Scudder Falls Bridge to the Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 8, old edit 49) – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Friday, Sept. 7.
- Taylorsville Road north of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, to Friday, Sept. 7.
- Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, to Friday, Sept. 7.
- Woodside Road (west of Taylorsville Road to around Clearview Drive) – Right or left lane closures with passage maintained in each direction and/or flagging-controlled travel noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 5, to Friday, Sept. 7.
- River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel with traffic controlled by flaggers noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4; and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, to Friday, Sept. 7.
New Jersey side
- Route 29 NB approaching the I-295 interchange – OVERNIGHT closure with posted detour beginning at the West Upper Ferry Road intersection 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 – use nearby Route 175/River Road to reconnect with Route 29 NB.
- Route 29 NB to I-295 SB – Use Route 175/River Road entry ramp to I-295 SB 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.
- Route 29 NB to I-295 NB/WB – Follow West Upper Ferry Road to County Route 579/Bear Tavern Road (traffic light), turn left and proceed to I-295 and on-ramp to I-295 NB toward Scudder Falls Bridge and Pennsylvania 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.
- I-295 EB-SB upon crossing Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey – OVERNIGHT single travel lane for new traffic shift to the right 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, to 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.
Weekends: Under contract, project-related travel restrictions are to be suspended for the Labor Day holiday weekend travel period from 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 4. Other than carryover of any overnight travel restrictions from Friday, Sept. 7, no other restrictions are scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 8 & 9.
Canal Towpaths: Both the Delaware & Raritan (D&R) Canal Towpath on the NJ side of the Scudder Falls Bridge and the Delaware Canal on the PA side of the Scudder Falls Bridge will be open for public use over the Labor Day weekend. After the holiday, the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath will be closed and barricaded to ensure public safety during construction activities in the vicinity of the canal approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Tuesday, Sept. 4, through Friday, Sept. 7.
The aforementioned scheduled travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergency, traffic, and equipment/materials mobilization considerations. Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations, and to reduce speeds and exercise caution when travelling through project work areas.
More information on the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project is available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com.