LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – The closure/detour of PA Route 32/River Road beneath the Scudder Falls Bridge that was scheduled to start this week has now been postponed a second time and will start Monday, Oct. 8, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The closures are needed to allow for the lifting and installation of 10-foot-high steel girders between recently completed support piers for the new replacement bridge’s upstream span.  The massive girders will support the new bridge’s road deck.  Scores of girders already have been installed across the river from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.

Next week, the progression of girder installation will continue.  To accomplish this, a small section of Route 32/River Road will be closed to traffic 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Monday, Oct. 8, to Friday, Oct. 12.

Detours will be posted for affected motorists, directing them around the construction zone.  Downstream of the Scudder Falls Bridge, the detour point will be on Route 32/N. Delaware Ave. and East Afton Avenue/PA Route 332 in Yardley.  Upstream of the bridge, the detour points will be along Route 32/River Road at Mt. Eyre Road (Upper Makefield/Lower Makefield) and Woodside Road (Lower Makefield).  These detour route will involve Taylorsville Road, which runs parallel to Route 32/River Road.

Route 32/River Road will remain accessible to residents living along the roadway at all times.  (Click here to view detour map)

About The Commission

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission was formed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey in 1934. It operates eight toll bridges and 12 toll-supported bridges, two of which are pedestrian-only spans.  (Note:  The first completed span of the new Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge opened to traffic during overnight hours on July 9, 2019.) The Commission is a self-supporting public-service agency that receives neither federal nor state tax dollars to finance its projects or operations. Funding for the operations, maintenance and upkeep of its bridges and related transportation facilities is solely derived from revenues collected at its toll bridges. The Commission’s jurisdiction extends along the Delaware River from the Philadelphia-Bucks County line north to the New Jersey/New York border. The bridges carried more than 139.2 million cars and trucks in 2018. For more information about the Commission and its various initiatives to deliver safer and more convenient bridge travel for its customers, please see: www.drjtbc.org.

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