LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – I-295 (old I-95) motorists approaching the Scudder Falls Bridge from Pennsylvania and New Jersey could encounter periodic backups and delays next week as project construction has entered a new phase in New Jersey.

Work crews are now engaged in a series of activities on the approach bridge that carries both directions of I-295 across the NJ Route 29 northbound bypass, the Delaware & Raritan Canal, and NJ Route 175/River Road in Ewing, N.J.

To carry out this work next week, a series of weekday and weekend off-peak single-lane travel patterns are scheduled to be implemented along I-295 EB/SB (New Jersey-bound travel) and I-295 NB/WB (Pennsylvania-bound travel).

Also next week, two overnight detours are scheduled to be implemented at the nearby I-295/Route 29 interchange (Exit 76, old exit 1) on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge.  The detours will affect motorists approaching the interchange on Route 29 SB (ORANGE detour map attached) and motorists seeking to exit from I-295 NB (old I-95 SB) onto Route 29 SB (YELLOW detour map attached).

The full schedule of project-related travel restrictions for the week of September 16 follows:

New Jersey side

  • I-295 NB/WB (Pennsylvania-bound)/old I-95 SB) approaching the Scudder Falls Bridge – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 20; ALSO 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. (next day) Friday, Sept. 21 AND 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. (next day) Saturday, Sept. 22.
  • I-295 EB/SB (New Jersey-bound/old I-95 NB) crossing the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 20; ALSO 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. (next day) Friday, Sept. 21, AND 6:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. (next day) Saturday, Sept. 22.
  • Route 29 SB approaching the I-295 interchange – OVERNIGHT detour via nearby NJ Rte. 175/River Road 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 20. (Orange detour map can be found here)
  • Slip ramp to Route 29 SB from I-295 NB (old I-95 SB) – OVERNIGHT closure with posted detour via nearby NJ Rte. 175/River Road 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Sept. 17, through Thursday, Sept. 20. (Yellow detour map can be found here
  • Route 175/River Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel may be implemented approximately 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 to Friday, Sept. 21.

Pennsylvania side

  • I-295 EB (old I-95 north) from the Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 8, old exit 49) to the Scudder Falls Bridge – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 20; ALSO 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. (next day) Friday, Sept. 21, AND 6:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. (next day) Saturday, Sept. 22.
  • I-295 WB (old I-95 south) from the Scudder Falls Bridge to the Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 8, old edit 49) – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 20; ALSO 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. (next day) Friday, Sept. 21 AND 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. (next day) Saturday, Sept. 22.
  • Taylorsville Road north of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, to Friday, Sept. 21.
  • Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, to Friday, Sept. 21.
  • Woodside Road (west of Taylorsville Road to around Clearview Drive) – Right or left lane closures with passage maintained in each direction and/or flagging-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, to Friday, Sept. 21.
  • River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel with traffic controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, to Friday, Sept. 21.

Weekends: Expect overnight single-lane patterns to be in effect along both directions of I-295 on the Pennsylvania side of the Scudder Falls Bridge during Friday/Saturday overnight hours and Saturday/Sunday mornings for the weekends of Sept. 15-16 and 22-23 (specific potential time periods above).

Canal Towpaths: The Delaware & Raritan (D&R) Canal towpath on the NJ side of the Scudder Falls Bridge will continue to be closed to ensure public safety during construction activities in the vicinity of the canal approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays Monday, Sept. 17 to Friday, Sept. 21.

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, and to 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.

About The Commission

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission was formed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey in 1934. It operates eight toll bridges and 12 toll-supported bridges, two of which are pedestrian-only spans.  (Note:  The first completed span of the new Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge opened to traffic during overnight hours on July 9, 2019.) The Commission is a self-supporting public-service agency that receives neither federal nor state tax dollars to finance its projects or operations. Funding for the operations, maintenance and upkeep of its bridges and related transportation facilities is solely derived from revenues collected at its toll bridges. The Commission’s jurisdiction extends along the Delaware River from the Philadelphia-Bucks County line north to the New Jersey/New York border. The bridges carried more than 139.2 million cars and trucks in 2018. For more information about the Commission and its various initiatives to deliver safer and more convenient bridge travel for its customers, please see: www.drjtbc.org.

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