LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – Construction activities for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project will necessitate a series of travel restrictions on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge next week.

The restrictions will involve established long-term detours, some periodic brief-duration overnight traffic stoppages, and off-peak single-lane travel patterns in the Pennsylvania-bound direction at the current Scudder Falls (I-295) Bridge.

The full schedule of next week’s project-related travel restrictions is as follows:

New Jersey side

  • I-295 NB/WB (old I-95 SB) approaching the Scudder Falls Bridge Pennsylvania-bound – Single-lane travel patterns possible 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12, 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day). Note:  Within these time periods, single-lane travel is possible on the Scudder Falls Bridge for concrete deliveries 2 a.m. to noon on any morning including Saturdays (weather sensitive).
  • I-295 EB/SB (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) on Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12.
  • I-295/Route 29 Interchange (Exit 76) – The following closures and detours are 24/7 until late June:
    • I-295 EB/SB Exit Ramp to Route 29 NB (first exit in NJ after crossing Scudder Falls Bridge from Pennsylvania) – Continue along I-295 SB to Exit 73A (Scotch Road North), use the exit’s loop ramps to make a U-turn onto I-295 NB for return to the Route 29 interchange (Exit 76) and the ramp to Route 29 NB. See ORANGE MAP
  • Route 29 SB & NB entry ramps to I-295 NB/WB and PA-bound travel on the Scudder Falls Bridge –Proceed into the downstream roundabout and use the ramp for I-295 SB,    follow to Exit 73A (Scotch Road North), use the exit’s loop ramps to make a U-turn onto I-295 NB and travel across the bridge to I-295 WB in Pennsylvania. – See BLUE MAP
    • I-295 NB exit ramp to Route 29 SB (at last exit in NJ) – Proceed across the Scudder Falls Bridge for a U-turn at the Taylorsville Road interchange (Exit 10) in PA, take I-295 SB across the bridge for connection with Route 29 SB via the first NJ exit ramp and the downstream roundabout. See GREEN MAP
  • Route 29 NB bypass roadway – Intermittent short-duration, flagger-controlled stoppages 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 8, to Friday, April 12; AND intermittent flagger-controlled stoppages (up to 15-20 minutes for girder installations at new overhead I-295 approach bridge now under construction) 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12.
  • Route 175/River Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel patterns 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, to Friday, April 12; AND OVERNIGHT closure with posted detour 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12.  Note: Motorists seeking access ramp to I-295 SB (old I-95 NB) should use the new on-ramp off the downstream roundabout at the nearby Route 29/I-295 interchange.

Pennsylvania side

  • I-295 EB & WB in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge – Off-peak single-lane travel patterns possible due to construction/demolition along I-295 on the NJ side of the Scudder Falls Bridge Monday, April 8, to Saturday, April 13.  Note:  Possible concrete deliveries on the bridge mornings of Tuesday, April 9, to Saturday, April 13.
  • Taylorsville Road north of I-295 Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 8, to Friday, April 12.
  • Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, to Friday, April 12.
  • Woodside Road – Intermittent right or left lane closures with passage maintained in each direction and/or flagging-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, to Friday, April 12.
  • PA Route 32/River Road – Intermittent alternating traffic controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 8, to Friday, April 12.

Weekends: Aside from any Friday overnight travel restrictions extending into Saturdays, the overnight restrictions at NJ Route 175/River Road, and the uninterrupted 24/7 ramp closures on the upstream side of the I-295/Route 29 interchange, no other lane closures and detours are scheduled for the weekends of April 6-7 and 13-14.  Note:  Saturday and Sunday work can be scheduled if any days are lost due to weather in to maintain the project schedule.

Canal Towpaths near the Scudder Falls Bridge:

NJ side –Intermittent daytime and nighttime closures of the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath segment in New Jersey are extended through April.  (Closures needed for overhead girder installation and bridge deck construction.)  Note: Towpath is expected to be accessible for opening day of fishing season Saturday, April 6.

PA side – Occasional weekday closures of the Delaware Canal towpath segment in Pennsylvania until June – but open on weekends.

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.

 

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 seven toll bridges and 13 toll-supported bridges, two of which are pedestrian-only spans.  (Note:  The new bridge at Scudder Falls is on track to become a tolled crossing sometime in July 2019.) he 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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