LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – A series of new travel restrictions that began last week for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project will be re-implemented again next week in the vicinity of the bridge, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

On the Pennsylvania side, the portion of PA Route 32/River Road that crosses beneath the Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge will be closed to traffic during weekday daytime hours to allow for delivery and placement of steel girders on the new bridge’s downstream span.  These weekday closures are expected to continue into early January.  Detours are via nearby Main Street/Taylorsville Road beginning at East Afton Avenue in Yardley and Woodside Road in Lower Makefield.

On the New Jersey side, a series of overnight closures/detours are scheduled to be implemented in the area of the I-295/NJ Route 29 interchange (Exit 76).  These are need to allow for removal of temporary wooden planking installed during construction of the bridge’s upstream span in 2018-19 and subsequent transferal to the new downstream span’s girders that are already place across portions of Route 29.  The planking is a safety measure that will allow for completion of the downstream span’s road deck next year.

Note: The Scudder Falls Toll Bridge and I-295 are projected to be fully operational during commuting periods; any travel impacts from the abovementioned closures/detours should be minor.

The full schedule of Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project travel restrictions for the week of Dec. 13 will be as follows:

Pennsylvania side

  • Weekdays River Road/PA Route 32 – Daytime closure with posted detour via Main Street/Taylorsville Road beginning at East Afton Ave. in Yardley and Woodside Rd. in Lower Makefield, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holiday periods) for four weeks – from Dec. 7 to Jan. 4. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW DETOUR MAP)
  • I-295 WB (PA-Bound) in vicinity of the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern permitted west of the bridge 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 18.
  • 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, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 18.
  • Taylorsville Road north of I-295 Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 18.
  • Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, to Dec. 18.
  • Woodside Road/Taylorsville Road Intersection – Intermittent lane closures controlled by flaggers 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 18.
  • River Road/PA Route 32 – Possible intermittent traffic stoppages controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 18.

New Jersey side

  • Weeknights Route 29 SB approaching the I-295 interchange – Closure 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 18. Detour: Before the interchange, bear right onto Route 175/Upper River Road, proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of West Upper Ferry Road, turn right onto Route 175/West Upper Ferry Road, proceed to the traffic light at Route 29, and turn left on the signal onto Route 29 SB toward Trenton and other points south. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW MAGENTA DETOUR MAP)
  • Weeknights I-295 EB/SB Exit Ramp to Route 29 NB (first exit in NJ after crossing Scudder Falls Bridge from Pennsylvania) – Closure 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 18. Detour: Continue past the Exit 76 ramp and proceed on I-295 SB for three miles to the Scotch Road interchange and Exit 73A; follow the loop off ramp onto Scotch Road, cross I-295 while keeping right to take the loop on-ramp for I-295 NB; proceed on I-295 NB back to I-295/Route 29 interchange (Exit 76) and take the off ramp for connection with Route 29 NB toward Washington Crossing and Lambertville. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW GREEN DETOUR MAP)
  • Weeknights I-295 NB Exit Ramp to Route 29 SB (last exit in NJ before crossing Scudder Falls Bridge into Pennsylvania) – Closure 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 18. Detour: Off the exit, proceed onto Route 29 NB to first full intersection (Bernard Drive) and turn left (signs for Scudder Falls Recreation Area); make the next left onto Route 175/Upper River Road; proceed to  the intersection (stop sign) with West Upper Ferry Road; turn right and proceed to the traffic light at the Route 175/Route 29 intersection; on the green signal, make a left turn onto Route 29 SB for travel toward Trenton and other points south.  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW ORANGE DETOUR MAP)
  • Weeknights Route 29 SB access ramp to I-295 SB for travel toward Princeton and other points south – Closure 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 18. Detour: Prior to the interchange, take the detour for Route 175. Follow the Route 175 signs to the stop sign at the intersection of West Upper Ferry Road, turn right and proceed on Route 175/Upper Ferry Road to the traffic light at Route 29.  Make a right turn onto Route 29 NB and proceed in the left lane to the roundabout access ramp for I-295 SB. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW YELLOW DETOUR MAP)
  • Weeknights Route 29 NB entry ramp to I-295 WB and PA-bound travel on the Scudder Falls Bridge – Closure 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 18. Detour: Approaching the interchange, keep left and follow the ramp for entry onto I-295 SB toward Princeton; proceed on I-295 SB for three miles to the Scotch Road interchange (Exit 73A), follow the loop off ramp onto Scotch Road, cross I-295 while keeping right to take the loop ramp for entry onto I-295 NB for travel onto Scudder Falls Toll Bridge and entry into Pennsylvania where I-295 NB becomes I-295 WB. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW BLUE DETOUR
  • 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, Dec. 14 through Friday, Dec. 18.
  • I-295 SB (NJ-Bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern permitted 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 18.
  • 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.
  • Route 175/Upper River Road – Daytime closure – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — with thru-traffic detoured in both directions to nearby Route 29 Monday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 18.
  • NJ Route 175/Upper River Road entry ramp to I-295 SB – 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.

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

Aside from the closure of the Route 29 SB bypass lane beneath the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge, no project-related lane closures are scheduled for Dec. 12-13 and 19-20.

NEW Delaware Canal Towpath (PA side) – Weekday closures to ensure public safety while work crews modify overhead utility supplies attached to the underside of the approach bridge that carries I-295 across the Delaware Canal 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 18.  Open weekends. (MAP VIEWABLE HERE)

Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath (NJ side) – Daily closure/stoppages possible 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays now through December.  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 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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