EWING, NJ – A short section of the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath upstream of the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge will be closed on a 24/7 basis for about three weeks beginning Wednesday, October 11, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The uninterrupted suspension of towpath access is needed to ensure public safety as tree clearing work takes place in the place in an area largely between Route 29 and the canal near the northern limits of the 4-1/2-year Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project.  Tree cutting also will be conducted in the area where a connection ramp and related retaining walls will be constructed to eventually connect the towpath with a pedestrian walkway on the replacement bridge’s upstream span.

The work involve tree cutting, stump clearing, debris removal, and installation of erosion-control measures.  All work will be conducted during daytime hours and is weather sensitive.  The towpath will remain off limits 24/7 because of equipment, felled trees and other unsafe conditions that will be present during non-work hours.

The towpath closure is scheduled to begin about 6 a.m. Oct. 11 and continue through Oct. 31.

Bicyclists, pedestrians and other recreationists are urged to plan other routes or excursions during the towpath closure period.  (Note: A portion of the Delaware Canal towpath on the Pennsylvania side of the Scudder Falls bridge also will be closed to the public on October 11 and 12.)

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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