TRAVEL ALERT - Overnights Feb. 16 & 17

Overnight Lane/Ramp Closures at Exit 1 in NJ

Motorists could encounter travel delays during overnight periods -- 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) -- Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17 at the I-95/Route 29 interchange (Exit 1) in New Jersey.  A series of lane and ramp closures with corresponding detours will be implemented for installation of steel girders between the new bridge's abutment and pier.  After the Saturday night restrictions are lifted 6 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, the overnight detours (maps below) are expected to continue -- weather permitting -- on weeknights until further notice:

I-95 to Route 29 Exit Ramp Detour

Route 29 Detours at I-95 Interchange

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Total Project Area: 4.4 miles along I-95 from Yardley-Newtown Road/Route 332 Interchange (Exit 49) in Pennsylvania to Bear Tavern Road/Route 579 (Exit 2) in New Jersey

Major Project Elements:

  • Replace the current congestion-prone, functionally obsolete Scudder Falls Bridge with a dual-span structure carrying six thru-traffic lanes (three in each direction) and three auxiliary lanes (two northbound, one southbound) for traffic merging onto and off the bridge.
  • Widen to the inside the bridge’s Pennsylvania I-95 approach, increasing the roadway to three lanes in each direction.
  • Reconstruct the entire I-95/Route 29 Interchange (Exit 1) and its associated ramps and structures in Ewing, N.J.
  • Reconfigure the I-95/Taylorville Road Interchange (Exit 51) in Lower Makefield, PA.
  • Erect noise-abatement walls where warranted in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. (PA noise walls began in 2016)
  • Improve/expand drainage and approach-roadway exit/entry transitions in New Jersey.
  • Construct a pedestrian/bicycle walkway on the new bridge’s upstream side, connecting the recreational canal towpaths in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • Install an all-electronic tolling (AET) gantry and related infrastructure for highway-speed toll collection along the new bridge’s southbound lanes through E-ZPass tag readers and high-speed video cameras for license-plate billing.
  • Mitigate environmental impacts from construction to protect shortnose sturgeon, red-bellied turtles, Indiana bats, yellow lampmussels, wetlands, and other natural and cultural resources.

Electronic Tolling Start (southbound only):  Sometime in 2019.

Estimated Full Project Duration: 4-1/2 years

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Travel Advisory -- Week of Feb. 18

Overnight Detours I-95/Route 29 Interchange in New Jersey - Overnight ramp closures and posted detours for steel bridge-deck beam installation work at the I-95/Route 29 interchange (Exit 1) in New Jersey are scheduled to  continue on weekday nights until futher notice -- weather permitting.  The ramp closures and detours will be in effect 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) whenever implemented.  Detours will affect the following traffic movements:  Route 29 southbound traffic through the interchange; I-95 southbound traffic exiting to Route 29 southbound; I-95 northbound traffic exiting to Route 29 northbound; and Route 29 northbound traffic to  I-95 southbound.   Please see alerts and maps in the left column of this page.

The full schedule of travel restrictions for the 4.4-mile project area during the week of February 18 is as follows:

New Jersey side  

  • NJ Route 175/River Road  – Alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers between I-95 and West Upper Ferry Road 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, to Friday, Feb. 23
  • Route 29 interchange with I-95 (Exit 1) - Overnight ramp and roadway closures with posted detours at four locations within the interchange 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Feb. 19, to Friday, Feb. 23; single-lane patterns in each direction in project area 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. AND restricted ramp widths 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, to Friday, Feb. 23

Pennsylvania side

  • I-95 north from the Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) to the Scudder Falls Bridge – Intermittent single-lane travel configurations 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (following day) Monday, Feb. 19, through Friday, Feb. 23
  • I-95 south from the Scudder Falls Bridge to the Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (exit 49) – Intermittent single-lane travel configurations 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, Feb. 19, through Friday, Feb. 23
  • Taylorsville Rd. (Lower Makefield, PA) in vicinity of I-95 - Intermittent single-lane patterns 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, to Friday, Feb. 23
  • Woodside Rd. (west of Taylorsville Rd.) - Intermittent single-lane patters 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, to Friday, Feb. 23
  • River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, to Friday, Feb. 23

Weekends: Overnight roadway and ramp closures with posted detours are scheduled along portions of the I-95/Route 29 interchange (exit 1) from 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, to 6 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.  With that exception, no other project-related lanes closures are scheduled for Feb. 17-18 and Feb. 24-25

Construction Update - Week of Feb. 18

Major project construction tasks for the week of February 18 include:

  • PA I-95 highway median - Install drainage, retaining walls, and moment slabs.
  • PA I-95/Taylorsville Rd. interchange (Exit 51) - Excavation within the southwest infield for drainage basin.
  • PA I-95 approach to Scudder Falls Bridge (between River Rd./Route 32 and Taylorsville Rd./Exit 51) - Continue jack and bore for 72-inch culvert pipe, install mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall, continue MSE/concrete and wire-wall installation at second wall; and continue staged demolition work at I-95 approach bridges over Delaware Canal and Taylorsville Rd.
  • Pennsylvania side of replacement bridge's upstream span (vicinity of River and Woodside roads and in Delaware River) – Continue construction of temporary work platform in river toward third in-water pier from PA side (Pier 4); pre-assemble cofferdam frame for Pier 4; begin work on cofferdam frame for second in-river pier from PA side (Pier 3); continue to install steel sheets for cofferdam at first in-river pier on PA side (Pier 2).
  • NJ side of replacement bridge (between Route 29 south and river and in river) – Cure pier columns and cap, and prepare bearing pads for bearings at new bridge's in-water pier (Pier 5); begin removal of trestle finger trestle finger at Pier 5.
  • I-95/Route 29 interchange (Exit 1) area – Mobilize and set bearings and girders at abutment and piers for upstream span of new bridge; continue construction of ramp structures (abutments and piers) for new interchange including MSE walls, rebar placement, concrete pouring, and excavation; complete, cure, and strip forms for backwall at new bridge's NJ abutment.
  • Route 175 on-ramp to I-95 north - Install temporary support for excavation.
  • NJ I-95 south of Bear Tavern Road (Exit 2) - Mobilize and install drilled shaft foundations for noise abatement wall.