The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today announced that “superloads” and certain other oversized/overweight vehicles are prohibited from traveling through the 4.4-mile long Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project work zone for the next four years.
Due to narrowed roadway configurations, lane shifts, median crossovers and other potential travel restrictions to be implemented during the course of project construction, Commission engineers are limiting the weight, length and width of vehicles that may use the current Scudder Falls Bridge and its corresponding I-95 project roadway segments in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Until further notice, vehicles may not exceed one or more of the following criteria at the Scudder Falls Bridge and its adjoining project area segments:
- Gross vehicle weight over 201,000 pounds
- 10 feet in width
- 80 feet in length
The restrictions will affect roughly one permit-load crossing per weekday based on annual traffic figures. (Permits are required for vehicles that exceed any of the following characteristics: 80,000 pounds; 13 feet 6 inches in height; 8 feet 6 inches in width, and 75 feet in length.)
Generally, it’s estimated that trucks and buses constitute 8 to 10 percent of all traffic using the Scudder Falls Bridge. Permit loads are a small fraction of this truck traffic. Overall, the bridge carried 22,067,416 vehicles in 2016; that’s an annual average of 60,300 total vehicles (cars, trucks, buses, etc.) per day.