The ‘Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project’ moves forward with consideration for rush hour drivers.
In 2000, the Southerly Crossing Corridor Study informed the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission that the Scudder Falls Bridge is the highest priority for improvement out the four bridges within 9 miles of Trenton, New Jersey.
The good news – commuters have remained on the minds of the DRJTBC.
“We will continue to have two lane traffic during high peak traffic times,” Joe Donnelly, commission spokesperson explained, “until the completion of the project.”
There will be two lane traffic from Pennsylvania to New Jersey between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Then in contrast for the evening hours, from New Jersey to Pennsylvania side from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. both lanes will be open for traffic.
The 55-year-old bridge carries more than 50 thousand commuters on a daily basis.
“We’re still at the earliest stage of this project, but people will really start to see landscape changes day by day.”
The bridge project started with land-based preparations in late May and by June the advance noise walls installation along the Pennsylvania I-95 approach began.
The construction will now move under the bridge to water work, “which should begin by the end of the week.”
“To build the new bridge the plan is to work on both sides (PA and NJ),” Donnelly explained, “which is a different approach.”
The preparation for this special project is double, he understands, due to the creation of two work sites on both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey side.
“That means there is more prep work in the beginning,” Donelly backed up with, “but extra work in the long run so hence we are on schedule.”
The project is expected to be finished sometime in 2019.
Schedule for week of Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21 according to scudderfallsbridge.com
- “I-95 north PA – Single-lane travel pattern from Rte. 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) to the Scudder Falls Bridge OVERNIGHT 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. (following day) Monday, July 17, through Friday, July 21
- I-95 south PA – Traffic shift with narrowed travel lanes now in effect from Scudder Falls Bridge to Rte. 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49); single-lane travel pattern OVERNIGHT 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (following day) Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21
- River Road/Route 32, Lower Makefield, PA upstream of the Scudder Falls Bridge – brief-duration alternating single-lane travel patterns with flaggers 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 17, to Friday July 21
- The i-95southbound exit ramp to NJ Route 29 (Exit 1) – OVERNIGHT closure with posted detour 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (following day) Tuesday, July 18, and Wednesday, July 19 (use Exit 2 at Route 579/Bear Tavern Rd.)
- NJ Route 175/River Road – alternating single-lane traffic pattern controlled by flaggers daytime and early evenings 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and full closures in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge’s I-95 approach overpass 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (following day) Monday, July 17, through Friday, July 21. Note: On-ramp toI-95north will be inaccessible during the overnight closure periods; affected motorists should follow posted detour routes.
NOTICE – No work is scheduled to be performed on the weekends of July 15-16. and July 22-23 (except Sunday night work at NJ Rte. 175/River Road in Ewing, NJ)”