EWING, NJ – Motorists will encounter few – if any – Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project travel restrictions during the upcoming winter holiday period, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

Work activities during the next two weeks are expected to be limited largely to the demolition and construction away from the travel lanes in the project area.  This will largely consist of tasks associated with the construction of the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge’s second span, now underway immediately downstream of the first new span that opened to traffic this past summer.  This work will include the following:

  • Pile installation for the new bridge’s New Jersey abutment
  • Drilling shafts for the first in-water pier on the New Jersey side
  • Continuing footing construction for a land-based pier on the New Jersey side
  • Extending a “finger” off the work platform on the Pennsylvania side to eventually allow for construction of an in-water pier.

As a result of these confined work activities, only the following two travel restrictions on the New Jersey side of the river are expected to be needed from Saturday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 5:

  • NJ Route 29 SB in the vicinity of Scudder Falls Toll Bridge – Intermittent FLAGGER-controlled travel 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23.
  • NJ Route 175/River Road Entry Ramp to I-295 SB – 24/7 closure continuing until spring 2021. DETOUR: Use the southern roundabout at the nearby I-295/Route 29 interchange to access the on-ramp for I-295 SB.

Weekends

No project-related lane closures are scheduled for the weekends of Dec. 21-22, 28-29 and Jan. 4-5.

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, reduce speeds and exercise caution when travelling through project work areas.

Note:  This advisory will be updated next week only if necessary.

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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