The 2002 Southerly Crossings Corridor Studyconcluded that:
- The Scudder Falls Bridge currently carries about 55,000 vehicles per day and operates at the worst level of service (LOSF) during peak rush hours in the morning and afternoon. A level of service F means that it operates under the most extreme conditions of congestion. By 2030, traffic volumes are expected to increase an additional 35% to about 74,000 vehicles per day further increasing congestion.
- Within a half-mile of the Scudder Falls Bridge there are two interchanges that have substandard (by today’s standards) geometric features the Route 29 Interchange in New Jersey and the Taylorsville Road Interchange in Pennsylvania. These substandard features, primarily inadequate acceleration and deceleration lanes, cause congestion and safety problems along the I-95 mainline.
In January 2003, the DRJTBC signed a Memorandum of Agreement with PENNDOT and NJDOT to proceed with the environmental studies and preliminary design for the I-95/Scudder Falls Bridge Improvement Project. These organizations agreed to use PENNDOT’s Project Development Process to fulfill the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process requirements.