LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – A daytime-hours closure of PA Route 32/River Road in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge is now scheduled to take place 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, October 12, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The road closure/detour originally was announced to take place Thursday, Oct. 8, but had to be rescheduled due a construction equipment issue.

The travel restriction will enable project work crews to safely position heavy equipment for moving pier-cap forms from a new land-based bridge support pier to another pier under construction near the river’s edge.  Note:  The work is weather-sensitive, so it will be rescheduled again if there is heavy precipitation.

Affected traffic will be diverted around the closed section of roadway via nearby Main Street/Taylorsville Road from East Afton Avenue to the south and Woodside Road to the north. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW DETOUR MAP) The travel restriction will not impact traffic on I-295 or the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge.  Local access from the Route 32/Delaware Avenue intersection with Route 332/East Afton Avenue in Yardley will be accommodated.

The full schedule of possible project-related travel restrictions for the week of October 11 is as follows:

Pennsylvania side

  • River Road/PA Route 32 – Possible intermittent traffic stoppages controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, to Friday, Oct. 16. Also: Closure with detour via nearby Main Street/Taylorsville Road accessible from Woodside Road in Lower Makefield and Route 332/East Afton Avenue in Yardley (Route 32 is signed Delaware Avenue in Yardley) 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.  Tuesday, Oct. 13, is currently listed as the rain date. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW DETOUR MAP)
  • I-295 WB (PA-Bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern permitted west of the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Oct. 16. Note: It may be necessary to extend the lane-closure hours through peak-travel-period hours to complete a project work detail on the current bridge.
  • I-295 EB and the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge (NJ-bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane travel 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Oct. 16. Note: It may be necessary to extend the lane-closure hours through peak-travel-period hours to complete a project work detail on the current bridge.
  • Taylorsville Road north of I-295 Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, to Friday, Oct. 16.
  • Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel Monday, Oct. 12, to Friday, Oct. 16.
  • Woodside Road/Taylorsville Road Intersection – Intermittent lane closures controlled by flaggers 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, to Friday, Oct. 16.

New Jersey side

  • Route 29 SB Bypass Lane – Continuing 24/7 closure with traffic shifted through the adjoining I-295/Route 29 interchange’s connector ramps and roundabouts for travel toward Trenton or onto I-295. ALSO, periodic traffic stoppages controlled by flaggers may be necessary in the detour area Monday through Friday.
  • I-295 NB (PA-Bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern extending onto the new completed upstream span of the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Oct. 16. Note: It may be necessary to extend the lane-closure hours through peak-travel-period hours to complete a project work detail on the current bridge.
  • I-295 SB (NJ-Bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern permitted 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Oct. 16. Note: It may be necessary to extend the lane-closure hours through peak-travel-period hours to complete a project work detail on the current bridge.
  • I-295 SB Entry Ramp from NJ Route 175/River Road – 24/7 closure continuing through spring 2021. DETOUR: Use the southern roundabout at the nearby I-295/Route 29 interchange to access the on-ramp for I-295 SB
  • Route 175/Upper River Road – Daytime closure with thru-traffic detoured in both directions to nearby Route 29 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, to Friday, Oct. 16.

The aforementioned scheduled travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergencies, traffic, and equipment/materials mobilization.  Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations, reduce speeds and exercise caution when travelling through project work areas.

Weekends

No project-related lane closures are scheduled for the weekends of Oct.10-11 and 17-18 — except for the long-term NJ Route 29 SB bypass lane diversion and detour indicated above.

Delaware Canal Towpath (PA side) – Sporadic daytime closure/stoppages possible 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for project-related construction activities through October; open on weekends.

Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath (NJ side) – Daily closure/stoppages possible 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays now through October.  These restrictions – when implemented – will allow for construction of a connecting path and access ramp to the shared-use bike-ped facility that is expected to open on the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge in late summer/early fall 2021.  Canal path open on weekends.

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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