EWING, NJ – A short section of the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge will be closed on a 24/7 basis from August 23 through September 1, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The uninterrupted 10-day suspension of towpath access is needed to ensure the public’s safety during a new construction phase for the Scudder Falls Bridge Rehabilitation Project. This phase will involve large cranes and other pieces of construction equipment in close proximity to the towpath on the New Jersey side of the bridge.

The closure is expected to go into effect around 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23. The plan is to reopen the affected towpath segment in time for the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend around 5 p.m. Sept. 1.

Bicyclists, pedestrians and other recreationists are urged to plan other routes or excursions during the towpath closure period.

A suggested travel alternative for long-distance bicyclists is to use Pennsylvania’s Delaware Canal towpath by crossing the Delaware River via the walkways at the Calhoun Street Bridge in Trenton (downstream) and the Washington Crossing Bridge in Hopewell Township (upstream).

Note: Bicyclists are prohibited from riding in the vehicular lanes of the Calhoun Street and Washington Crossing bridges. Bicyclists must dismount and walk their bikes across the pedestrian walkways at both of these bridges.

More information and videos on the bridge replacement project are 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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