LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – A variety of travel restrictions for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project will resume after the recent work hiatus for the winter-holiday period, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

On the Pennsylvania side, the portion of PA Route 32/River Road that crosses beneath the Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge will be closed to traffic during weekday daytime hours to allow for delivery and placement of steel girders on the new bridge’s downstream span.  These weekday closures are expected to continue through January.  Detours are via nearby Main Street/Taylorsville Road beginning at East Afton Avenue in Yardley and Woodside Road in Lower Makefield.

Note:  Delays are possible in the general area of the I-295/Taylorsville Road interchange (Exit 10) when steel-girder deliveries are being executed.  Deliveries are possible during off-peak hours – approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Monday to Friday.  Please allow extra time to reach your destination if using or approaching the interchange during these hours.  Traffic stoppages of up to 15 minutes are possible.

Note: The Scudder Falls Toll Bridge and I-295 are projected to be fully operational during commuting periods; any travel impacts from the abovementioned closure/detour should be minor.

The full schedule of Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project travel restrictions for the week of January 3 are as follows:

Pennsylvania side

  • Weekdays River Road/PA Route 32 – Daytime closure with posted detour via Main Street/Taylorsville Road beginning at East Afton Ave. in Yardley and Woodside Rd. in Lower Makefield, approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, to Friday, Jan. 8.  CLICK HERE FOR DETOUR MAP.
  • 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, Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 8.
  • I-295 EB and the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge (NJ-bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane travel noon Monday, Jan. 4, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5; and 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Tuesday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan. 8.
  • Taylorsville Road north of I-295 Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, to Friday, Jan. 8.
  • Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, to Friday, Jan. 8.
  • Woodside Road/Taylorsville Road Intersection – Intermittent lane closures controlled by flaggers noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, to Friday, Jan. 8.

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, Jan. 4 through Friday, Jan. 8.
  • I-295 SB (NJ-Bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern permitted noon Monday, Jan. 4, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5; and 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Tuesday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan. 8.
  • 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 starting at noon Monday, Jan. 4, and remaining possible at any time Tuesday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan. 8.
  • 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

Aside from the closure of the Route 29 SB bypass lane beneath the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge, no project-related lane closures are scheduled for Jan. 2-3 and 9-10.

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 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, to Friday, Jan. 8.  Open weekends.

Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath (NJ side) – Daily closure/stoppages possible 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through January.  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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