Recent rainy weather has forced a postponement of the traffic pattern shift that had been scheduled to go into effect this week along the northbound lanes of I-95 between the Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) and the Scudder Falls Bridge. The lane shift is now scheduled to be implemented between 10 a.m. Monday, July 31, and 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 1.
Temporary paving work that needed to be executed in advance of the impending northbound I-95 traffic pattern change has had to be postponed due to rain storms in recent days.
When implemented, the northbound traffic shift along the project’s Pennsylvania I-95 segment will restrict vehicles to the right lane and adjoining outside shoulder, which was recently strengthened to carry highway-speed traffic. Temporary drainage also has been installed at various locations along the roadway in advance of the impending traffic shift.
Once established, the resulting pattern will be narrower – two 11-foot-wide lanes instead of the current 12-feet widths – without shoulders. The new configuration will remain in effect 24/7 to allow for work in the highway median, ultimately widening the affected roadway segment to three lanes in each direction instead of the current two lanes in each direction. (A corresponding shift of the southbound lanes was implemented earlier this month.)
Before roadway reconstruction can begin in the median, the contractor will need to install concrete barriers along the entire length of the shifted northbound travel patter. Drainage, grading and retainer-wall installation work also will need to be completed as part of the widening effort, one of the major elements of the four-year Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project now underway.