LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – Construction activities related to the creation of a wetlands mitigation site will require daytime closures and detours along a portion of Woodside Road between PA Route 32/River Road and Taylorsville Road starting Tuesday, March 23 – at the earliest – the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The closure/detour periods are scheduled to be in effect 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, for up to four weeks.  The travel restriction is currently projected to end April 16.

Detours for travel between PA Route 32/River Road and Taylorsville Road would be at PA Route 332/East Afton Avenue to the south and Mount Eyre Road to the north. A detour map is attached.

The near-daily road closures will allow Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project work crews to establish a wetlands mitigation area on the property at southwest corner of Woodside and River roads.  The parcel had been used as a construction staging area for the bridge project over the past four years.

The Commission intends to maintain the wetlands site in perpetuity once the conversion work is completed.

The Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project full schedule of travel restrictions for the week of March 21 are as follows:

Pennsylvania side

  • Woodside Road between PA Route 32/River Road and Taylorsville Road – Closure with detours at Mt. Eyre Road to the north and PA Route 332/East Afton Ave. to the south — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 (tentative start date), to Saturday, March 27. DETOUR MAP ATTACHED
  • River Road/PA Route 32 – Brief traffic stoppages possible in the vicinity of where River Road/PA Route 32 crosses beneath the Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 22, to Friday, March 26.
  • I-295 WB (PA-Bound) in vicinity of the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern permitted west of the bridge 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, March 22, through Friday, March 26.
  • I-295 EB and the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge (NJ-bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane travel 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, March 22, through Friday, March 26.
  • Taylorsville Road north of I-295 Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 22, to Friday, March 26.
  • Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 22, to Friday, March 26.

New Jersey side

  • I-295 NB (PA-Bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern extending onto the new completed upstream span of the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, March 22, through March 26.
  • I-295 SB (NJ-Bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern permitted 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, March 22, through Friday, March 26.
  • Route 29 SB Bypass Lane – Continuing 24/7 closure with traffic shifted through the adjoining I-295/Route 29 interchange’s connector ramps and roundabouts for travel toward Trenton or onto I-295. ALSO, periodic traffic stoppages controlled by flaggers may be necessary in the detour area Monday through Friday.
  • Route 29 SB Connector Lane between Roundabouts – Periodic brief stoppages by flaggers are possible at any time Monday, March 22, through Friday, March 26.
  • NJ Route 175/Upper River Road entry ramp to I-295 SB – 24/7 closure continuing through spring 2021. DETOUR: Use the southern roundabout at the nearby I-295/Route 29 interchange to access the on-ramp for I-295 SB.

The aforementioned scheduled travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergencies, traffic, and equipment/materials mobilization.  Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations, reduce speeds and exercise caution when travelling through project work areas.

Weekends

  • Closure of the NJ Route 29 SB bypass lane beneath the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge in New Jersey;
  • Daytime Saturday closure of the Woodside Road segment between PA Route 32/River Road and Taylorsville Road in Pennsylvania;
  • No other project-related lane closures are scheduled for March 20-21 and 27-28.

Delaware Canal Towpath (PA side) – Intermittent stoppages to ensure public safety for work in the vicinity of the approach bridge that carries I-295 across the Delaware Canal weekdays.  Open weekends.

Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath (NJ side) – Daily closure/stoppages possible 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.  These restrictions – when implemented – will allow for construction of a connecting path and access ramp to the shared-use bike-ped facility that is expected to open on the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge in fall 2021.  Canal path open on weekends.

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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