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SCUDDER FALLS BRIDGE REOPENED TO TRAFFIC IN TIME FOR WEDNESDAY RUSH-HOUR TRAFFIC

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May 13, 2009

SCUDDER FALLS BRIDGE REOPENED TO TRAFFIC IN TIME FOR WEDNESDAY RUSH-HOUR TRAFFIC
Truck Fuel-Spill Contained, Spillage into Delaware River Prevented

Contact: Joe Donnelly (215) 862-7693 or Pete Peterson (215) 893-4297

EWING, N.J. - The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission this afternoon announced the complete reopening of the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge after a collision of two trucks triggered a fuel spill that forced a shutdown of the bridge's southbound lanes for much of the day.

Commission maintenance crews managed to contain the spill of an estimated 80 gallons of diesel fuel before any of it could fall into the Delaware River below the bridge.

The accident, which occurred at roughly 9:40 a.m., forced an immediate closure of the bridge's two southbound lanes. The bridge's left northbound lane also was closed for over an hour to help enable work crews to clean up the spilled fuel. The southbound lanes reopened to traffic shortly before 2:45 p.m.

Southbound traffic was directed onto Route 29 in New Jersey during the shutdown of the southbound lanes. To handle an anticipated wave of redirected traffic from the Scudder Falls Bridge, the Commission suspended a construction-related left southbound lane closure on the Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge that had been scheduled for the off-peak hours on Wednesday.

In addition to the Scudder Falls accident, fuel spill and lane closures, the Commission recorded two accidents at the Route 29 on ramp to Route 1 southbound, an accident at the Route 1 toll plaza in Morrisville, Pa., and an accident at the Lower-Trenton ("Trenton Makes") Toll-Supported Bridge during the late morning or early afternoon hours.

Traffic in the region was reported returning to normal in the 3 p.m. hour.

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 seven toll bridges and 13 toll-supported bridges, two of which are pedestrian-only spans. 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 140 million cars and trucks in 2008. 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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