EWING, NJ – The NJ Route 29 northbound bypass roadway around the ramps and roundabouts in the I-295/Route 29 interchange (Exit 76) will remain closed for an additional week, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
The time extension became necessary due to the rainy weather yesterday, today and projected again for Thursday. Extended periods of precipitation prevent work crews from excavating, installing underground drainage, and restoring the affected roadway segments.
Accordingly, the Route 29 NB bypass is now expected to reopen to traffic by noon on Monday, February 24.
The northbound bypass has been closed to traffic since January 21, During the shutdown, affected traffic has been diverted through portions of the interchange’s new system of ramps and roundabouts for reconnection with Route 29 NB for travel toward Washington Crossing and Lambertville. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW DETOUR MAP)
The traffic diversion plan applies only to NJ Route 29 NB travel. Impacts – if any – have been limited to peak evening travel periods. Traffic on I-295 and the nearby Scudder Falls Toll Bridge has not been affected, as expected.
The bypass closure is the first in a series of travel restrictions that are expected to be needed over the next 18 months to safely carry out Stage 2 construction activities for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project. (Subsequent new project-related travel restrictions will be announced when they are scheduled and approved for implementation.)
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. More information on the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project is available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com.