Scudders Falls Bridge Project – Traffic Pattern Change on Ramps at Taylorsville & I-295
For more information and a diagram of the traffic pattern changes, click here.
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission The Commission – in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation – is replacing the aging Scudder Falls Bridge, reconfiguring and/or reconstructing its adjoining interchanges, and making corresponding improvements along the I-95 approaches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The current status of construction:
- The construction contract was awarded January 30, 2017.
- Advanced tree cutting has been completed.
- Noise-abatement walls are being installed at warranted locations along the PA I-95 approach.
- Land-based construction is scheduled to begin in April 2017.
- In-water construction will begin on or after July 1.
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has plans, timelines, and other outreach materials published on the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project website.
Major project elements include:
- Replace the current congestion-prone, functionally obsolete Scudder Falls Bridge with a dual-span structure carrying six thru-traffic lanes (three in each direction) and three auxiliary lanes (two northbound, one southbound) for traffic merging onto and off the bridge.
- Widen to the inside the bridge’s Pennsylvania I-95 approach, increasing the roadway to three lanes in each direction.
- Reconstruct the entire I-95/Route 29 Interchange (Exit 1) and its associated ramps and structures in Ewing, N.J.
- Reconfigure the I-95/Taylorville Road Interchange (Exit 51) in Lower Makefield, PA.
- Erect noise-abatement walls where warranted in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. (PA noise walls began in 2016)
- Improve/expand drainage and approach-roadway exit/entry transitions in New Jersey.
- Construct a pedestrian/bicycle walkway on the new bridge’s upstream side, connecting the recreational canal towpaths in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
- Install an all-electronic tolling (AET) gantry and related infrastructure for highway-speed toll collection along the new bridge’s southbound lanes through E-ZPass tag readers and high-speed video cameras for license-plate billing.
- Mitigate environmental impacts from construction to protect shortnose sturgeon, red-bellied turtles, Indiana bats, yellow lampmussels, wetlands, and other natural and cultural resources.
Start of Construction: Land-based work – mid-April 2017; in-water work – early July 2017.
Electronic Tolling Start (southbound only): Sometime in 2019.
Estimated Project Duration: 4-1/2 years