LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today is reminding Bucks County motorists to anticipate backups and delays in the New Jersey-bound direction at the Scudder Falls (I-295) Bridge during Wednesday morning’s peak commuting period.
The bridge’s two New Jersey-bound lanes will be restricted to a single lane all day, but the traffic volumes during the peak commuting hours – 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. – have the potential to cause severe congestion and travel delays on the I-295 EB segment between the Yardley-Newtown Road/PA Route 32 interchange (Exit 8) and the bridge.
The all-day lane closure on the bridge will be in effect 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. so work crews can make preparations for upcoming concrete deck pours on the second bridge span now under construction at the Delaware River. The taper for the lane closure will begin on I-295 EB slightly before the off-ramp to Taylorsville Road (New Hope-Yardley, Exit 10).
The Commission last week issued a severe traffic warning for Pennsylvania motorists who plan to use the bridge for travel to New Jersey work destinations or the Trenton-Mercer Airport Wednesday morning. The commuters were advised to consider postponing their trips, using the Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge as a travel alternative, or allowing extra time to reach their destinations.
Traffic queuing of two miles or more with corresponding travel delays of an hour or more is possible on I-295 Eastbound approaching the bridge from Bucks County, PA. during Wednesday morning’s peak commuting period. Congestion and delays also are likely at the I-295/Taylorsville Road interchange during the morning rush.
Note: The aforementioned scheduled travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergency, traffic, and equipment/materials mobilization considerations. Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations, reduce speeds and exercise caution when travelling through project work areas.
More information on the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project is available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com.