LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – The construction of the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge reached a significant milestone yesterday when the final steel girder section was lifted and put into place on the bridge’s upstream span, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The emerging bridge superstructure immediately upstream of the current Scudder Falls Bridge is comprised of seven continuous steel girders, each consisting of 14 individual girder sections that were lifted by crane and bolted together atop the supporting masonry substructure of piers and abutments.   All totaled, 98 individual girder sections were used in the construction of the upstream superstructure.

The task of lifting and connecting the massive girders began on the New Jersey side in February and was completed in March.  Girder erection on the bridge’s Pennsylvania side began in August, with the final girder being put in place late yesterday afternoon.  (Note: the Pennsylvania abutment and piers were constructed between March and August.)

Now that the girder-installation milestone has been eclipsed, the focus of attention shifts to completing the new bridge’s concrete deck.

This work – already well underway – is moving quickly.  It entails a wide variety of tasks, including completion of steel-diaphragm connections between the seven recently erected bridge beams, installation of steel deck pans, and placement of rebar.  Installations of concrete subsequently could be in position to begin in coming weeks.

The bridge’s upstream span is on track to be opened to traffic on a yet-to-be-determined date in 2019.

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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