LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA –PA Route 32/River Road beneath the Scudder Falls Bridge is scheduled to be closed to all traffic during weekday daytime hours beginning Wednesday, October 3, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
The closures are needed to allow for the lifting and installation of 10-foot-high steel girders between recently completed support piers for the new replacement bridge’s upstream span.
The small section of Route 32/River Road will be closed to traffic 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Wednesday, Oct. 3, to Friday, Oct. 5, and through the following week.
Detours will be posted for affected motorists, directing them around the construction zone. The detours will involve East Afton Avenue/PA Route 332 (Yardley), Mt. Eyre Road (Upper Makefield/Lower Makefield), Woodside Road (Lower Makefield) and Taylorsville Road. Route 32/River Road will remain accessible to residents living along the roadway at all times. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW DETOUR MAP)
The full schedule of project-related travel restrictions for the week of September 30 follows:
- PA Route 32/River Road approaching the Scudder Falls Bridge – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel with traffic controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, and Tuesday, Oct. 2; DAYTIME CLOSURES with posted detours 7 a.m. to 5 Wednesday, Oct. 3, to Friday, Oct. 5.
- I-295 EB/WB in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns possible during off-peak/overnight hours for construction along I-295 on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge Monday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 6.
- Taylorsville Road north of I-295and Interchange ramps –Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, to Friday, Oct. 5.
- Taylorsville Road south of I-295– Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, to Friday, Oct. 5.
- Woodside Road (west of Taylorsville Road to around Clearview Drive)– Right or left lane closures with passage maintained in each direction and/or flagging-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, to Friday, Oct. 5.
New Jersey side
- I-295 NB/WB (Pennsylvania-bound)/old I-95 SB) approaching the Scudder Falls Bridge– Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, Oct. 1, through Thursday, Oct. 4; ALSO Friday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. (next day), AND Saturday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. (next day).
- I-295 EB/SB (New Jersey-bound/old I-95 NB) crossing the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 5; ALSO overnight Friday night, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. to 10 a.m. (next day), AND Saturday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. (next day).
- (REVISED) Route 29 NB bypass roadway at the I-295 interchange– OVERNIGHT closures 10 p.m. to 6 am. (next morning) Wednesday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Oct. 5; follow POSTED DETOUR via nearby Route 175/River Road starting at West Upper Ferry Road or use alternative Route 29 NB ramps through the interchange.
- Route 175/River Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel may be implemented approximately 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 to Friday, Oct. 5.
Weekends:Expect single-lane patterns to be in effect along both directions of I-295 on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge during Friday/Saturday overnight hours and Saturday/Sunday mornings for the weekends of Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7. (Specific potential time periods under New Jersey side above).
Canal Towpaths:The Delaware & Raritan (D&R) Canal towpath on the NJ side of the Scudder Falls Bridge will continue to be closed to ensure public safety during construction activities in the vicinity of the canal approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, to Friday, Oct. 5.
The aforementioned scheduled travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergency, traffic, and equipment/materialsmobilization considerations. Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations, and to 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.