New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge Approach Roadways & Bridges Improvements
Construction activities for this project began in June 2013. The project includes rehabilitation of approximately 1.3 miles of U.S. Route 202 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey within the Commission's jurisdiction. This includes work on the New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge approach roadways; the bridge carrying Route 202 over Route 32 in Solebury, PA.; the bridge carrying Route 202 over Route 29 in Delaware Township, N.J.; and the Commission-owned Route 202 interchange ramps along in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Specific improvements and repairs include full-depth bituminous pavement reconstruction, concrete pavement repairs, bridge bearing replacements, deck joint replacements, deck seal coating, blast cleaning and painting of approach bridge superstructures, repairing and repainting light poles and overhead sign structures, bridge superstructure and substructure repairs and miscelleous drainage improvements.
I-78 Toll Bridge PA Approach Paving Improvements
In 2012 and 2013, the Commission refurbished the 2.25 miles of I-78 that it owns and maintains in Pennsylvania. This stretch of roadway had not undergone any sort of major construction since it was opened to traffic in November 1989.
Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) Toll Bridge Rehabilitation
The first toll bridge to be constructed and operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, field preparations for a comprehensive rehabilitation of this major regional highway crossing were initiated in mid-June 2013. Construction activities and corresponding single-lane travel restrictions along a roughly 2 mile section of Route 22 got fully underway shortly after the July 4 holiday weekend period. Anticipated construction elements include: bridge deck repairs, blast cleaning and painting the steel truss work, bridge drainage system installations, paving work, toll plaza upgrades, and work on approaches and a viaduct span. The 2013 phase of construction activities will involve the downstream side of the toll bridge and corresponding eastbound lanes of Route 22 leading to and from the main-river bridge. This will limit motorists to single-lanes of travel along both Route 22 east and west from mid-July to mid-December 2013. Lane restrictions will then be lifted for the winter months, allowing two lanes of travel in each direction. The plan is for construction activities to resume in March 2014 and continue to December, with single-lane travel restrictions and ramp closures along the portions of the project area that were not addressed during the 2013 phase. All remaining project work elements are expected to be wrapped up in spring 2015
I-95/Scudder Falls Bridge Improvement
The Commission is making preparations for a multi-faceted project that will involve replacing the 52-year-old Scudder Falls Bridge, reconstructing or realigning the adjoining interchanges at both ends of the bridge, widening I-95 to the inside on the Pennsylvania approach to the bridge, installing noise walls along sections of the highway, and constructing a pedestrian walkway on the new bridge. The project area will extend 4.4 miles along I-95 from PA Route 332 in Bucks County, Pa. to Bear Tavern Road in Mercer County, N.J. The project is needed to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety on the bridge and its adjoining interchanges. A 2000 study attributed the bridge's congestion and safety problems to its narrow configuration and the close proximity of substandard interchanges. The current bridge was the most heavily used crossing in the Commission's 20-bridge system during the past 10-year period. Traffic volumes are projected to rise an additional 35 percent by the year 2030. The Commission has completed an Environmental Assessment review process, culminating in the receipt of a Finding of No significant Impact from the Federal Highway Administration in June 2012. The Commission also is assessing whether to carry out the project as a public-private partnership (P3). A separate website has been created for the project and may be viewed at www.scudderfallsbridge.com. A construction timetable will be established once a determination is made about whether the project will be carried out as a P3 or a conventional design-bid-build project.
LAST PROTRACTED RAMP CLOSURES FOR TOLL BRIDGE REHAB PROJECT SCHEDULED TO BEGIN OCTOBER 1