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.

Construction status:

  • Land-based preparations currently underway (late-May 2017)
  • Advance noise walls installation along Pennsylvania I-95 approach completed June 2, 2017 
  • In-water work set to start early July 2017.

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

Estimated Full Project Duration: 4-1/2 years


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I-95 North Ramp Closure Detour

Travel Advisories -- Week of June 25

  • I-95 south PA – single-lane travel pattern from the bridge to the Rte. 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) OFFPEAK 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 26; OVERNIGHT, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (following morning) Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29.
  • I-95 north PA – single-lane travel pattern Rte. 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) to the Scudder Falls Bridge, OVERNIGHT, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. (following morning) on Monday, June 26, to Wednesday, June 28.
  • Taylorsville/Woodside roads intersection – Intermittent short-term lane closures 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 26 to Thursday, June 29.
  • River Road/Route 32, Lower Makefield, PA – short-term alternating single-lane travel patterns with flaggers 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30.
  • NJ Route 29 south – single-lane pattern at I-95 interchange (Exit 1) OFF-PEAK 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 26, and OVERNIGHT 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 28.
  • NJ Route 29 north – single-lane pattern at I-95 interchange (Exit 1) OVERNIGHT 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. (following morning) Wednesday, June 28.
  • NJ Route 175/River Road – OFF-PEAK alternating single-lane traffic pattern controlled by flaggers daytime and early evenings 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and OVERNIGHT full closures in vicinity of I-95 overpass 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29. Note: On-ramp to I-95 will be inaccessible during the overnight closure periods; affected motorists should follow the posted detour routes.  Please see ramp closure detour map below left on this page.

Work Activities - Week of June 25

  • Utility relocation work along Route 175/River Road in Ewing, NJ
  • Construct emergency pull offs, set construction barrier and back up low shoulders on I-95 north & south in PA
  • Install temporary construction barrier on NJ Route 29 south and mill and pave the roadway's shoulder
  • Drainage basin work at Rt. 332/Yardley-Newtown interchange (Exit 49) and pre-treatment basins along I-95 north in PA
  • Install advance warning signs at various locations in NJ and PA
  • Construct temporary ramp from Taylorsville Road SB to I-95 NB
  • Install erosion control devices and temporary drainage and perform earthwork activities at I-95/Route 29 and I-95/Taylorsville Road interchanges
  • Begin mobilizing equipment and materials for demonstration drilled shaft