LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – Rain forecasts cancelled the single-lane travel restrictions that were scheduled to be implemented in the NJ-bound direction at the Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge this morning and tomorrow, but Saturday’s lane closure is still expected to take place.  Travel impacts, however, are unlikely during Saturday’s single-lane travel pattern.

Looking ahead to next week, Bucks County, PA. residents commuting to New Jersey during peak morning commuting hours – 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. – should plan for severe backups and travel delays on Tuesday, June 8; Wednesday, June 9; Thursday, June 10, and Friday, June 11.

Single-lane patterns are likely to be a frequent occurrence in the NJ-bound direction at the bridge on Tuesday to Fridays for the remainder of June as concrete pours onto the deck of the bridge’s parallel downstream span take place during overnight and morning hours.  The pours are weather sensitive and must be conducted in a designed sequence determined by corresponding steel structural supports.  The bridge is expected to open partially to traffic in late summer/early fall.

Because of the high vehicular volumes during the peak commuting hours, two-mile-long backups and travel delays in excess of 30 minutes are likely on I-295 eastbound from the PA Route 332/Newtown-Yardley Road interchange (Exit 8) to the Scudder Falls Bridge.

Until further notice, motorists should consider the following options whenever favorable weather conditions allow the bridge to have single-lane NJ-bound travel restrictions during peak morning commuting hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays:

  • Use earlier departures
  • Allow more time to reach destinations
  • Work from home
  • Postpone travel
  • Use an alternate route like the Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge

Note:  All of the aforementioned scheduled travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergency, traffic, and equipment/materials mobilization considerations.  Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations, 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.

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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