EWING, NJ – Short sections of the canal towpaths flanking the Scudder Falls (I-295) Bridge in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are scheduled to be closed to public use for safety reasons on weekdays for three weeks starting Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The closure of Pennsylvania’s Delaware Canal towpath is needed to allow for the lifting and placement of overhead concrete beams for the widened approach bridge across the canal west of the existing Scudder Falls Bridge.  The work is part of the highway widening currently take place in Pennsylvania as part of the 4-1/2-year-long Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW CLOSURE AREA)

The closure of New Jersey’s Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath is needed to allow for demolition activities associated with the removal and eventual realignment of a portion of the I-295 approach bridge that crosses the canal, Route 175/River Road, and Route 29 NB before the Scudder Falls Bridge.  The bridge section will be reconstructed in alignment with the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge’s upstream span, which is expected to open on a yet-to-be-determined date in 2019. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW CLOSURE AREA)

The weekday towpath closures are expected to begin roughly 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, and continue until at least Dec. 14.

Barring any schedule changes, the towpaths are expected to be open for public use on weekends.

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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