EWING, NJ – A new travel pattern is scheduled to be established late next week along I-295 NB between the Bear Tavern Road/County Route 579 interchange (Exit 75) and the Route 29 interchange (Exit 76), the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

To establish the new traffic pattern, exit and entry ramps on the upstream side of the I-295/Route 29 interchange will be closed and detoured 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, to 6 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17.  The overnight closures/detours will affect motorists seeking to exit I-295 to Route 29 NB & SB (SEE DETOUR MAP) as well as Route 29 motorists seeking entry to I-295 NB/WB and the Scudder Falls Bridge into Pennsylvania (SEE DETOUR MAP).

The closures/detours will allow crews to shift the I-295 NB lanes into a new alignment (to the left) and open a new elevated exit ramp from I-295 NB to Route 29 SB & NB before the Scudder Falls Bridge.  The new pattern is expected to remain in place until the upstream span of the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge opens to traffic at a yet-be-determined date in 2019.

The full schedule of project-related travel restrictions for the week of Nov. 11 follows:

Pennsylvania side

  • I-295 EB & WB in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns possible during off-peak/overnight hours for construction along I-295 on the NJ side of the Scudder Falls Bridge Monday, Nov. 12, to Friday, Nov. 16.
  • Taylorsville Road north of I-295 Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, to Friday, Nov. 16.
  • Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, to Friday, Nov. 16.
  • 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 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, to Friday, Nov. 16.
  • PA Route 32/River Road – Intermittent stoppages and alternating traffic controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, to Friday, Nov. 16.

New Jersey side

  • I-295 NB/WB (old I-95 SB) approaching the Scudder Falls Bridge Pennsylvania-bound – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, Nov. 12, to Friday, Nov. 16.
  • I-295 EB/SB (New Jersey-bound/old I-95 NB) crossing the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Nov. 12, to Friday, Nov. 16.
  • I-295/Route 29 Interchange (Exit 76, old exit 1) – To shift I-295 NB into a new alignment and open the new off ramp on the interchange’s upstream side, the following ramps will be closed with posted detours 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16,to 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17:
    • I-295 NB/WB (old I-95 SB) off-ramp to Route 29 NB & SB immediately before the Scudder Falls Bridge – take preceding exit at the County Route 579/Bear Tavern Road interchange (Exit 75), make a right off the exit ramp onto Bear Tavern Road, procced south through the interchange and past the airport to the West Upper Ferry Road/County Route 634 intersection (traffic light), turn right onto West Upper Ferry Road/Route 634, proceed to next traffic light and intersection with Route 29 NB & SB. (SEE DETOUR MAP HERE)
    • Route 29 on-ramp to I-195 NB/WB and Scudder Falls Bridge PA-bound – Traffic on Route 29 SB and NB should both use the new roundabout on the interchange’s downstream side to access the on-ramp to I-295 SB, proceed to the County Route 579/Bear Tavern Road interchange (Exit 75), cross over I-295, take the on-ramp to I-295 NB and proceed back toward the Scudder Falls Bridge into PA. (SEE DETOUR MAP HERE)
  • Route 175/River Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel may be implemented approximately 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, to Friday, Nov. 16.

Weekends: Lane closures and single-lane alternating traffic patterns controlled by flaggers are possible in the vicinity of the Taylorsville-Woodside roads intersection in Lower Makefield 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.  Otherwise, no other travel restrictions are scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 10-11. Aside from the overnight ramp closure late Friday to early Saturday (Nov. 16-17), no work impacting travel is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 17-18.

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.

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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