Friday 8-17 Overnight Ramp Closures/Detours at I-295/Rt. 29 Interchange on NJ Side of Scudder Falls Bridge POSTPONED

A series of ramp closures and detours scheduled to be implemented at the I-295/NJ Route 29 Interchange (Exit 76, Old Exit 1) during Friday night have been postponed due to forecasted inclement weather.  The travel restrictions are now rescheduled to begin 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, and end 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21.  Two travel movements will be affected: Route 29 northbound motorists seeking to cross the Scudder Falls Bridge via I-295 NB/WB AND motorists on I-295 SB/EB seeking to exit onto Route 29 north and south after crossing the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey from Pennsylvania.  Both traffic movements will be detoured via the next exit at the CR-579/Bear Tavern Road interchange (Exit 75, Old Exit 2).  More information with accompanying detour maps is in the Press Room section of this website.  Maps of the detour routes are below.   

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 Aug.12

Travel restrictions for the week of Aug. 12 are as follows:

New Travel Configurations

A series or new travel changes are scheduled to be phased in over a 36-hour period from 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 -- all on the Pennsylvania side of the Scudder Falls Bridge:

  • I-295 westbound lanes will be shifted to the left next to I-295 eastbound lanes.
  • Exit ramp from I-295 west to Taylorsville Road north (New Hope) will be closed and taken out of service.
  • Exit ramp from I-295 west to Taylorsville Road south (Yardley) will be closed and taken out of service.
  • A new temporary ramp will open to handle all traffic exiting I-295 west to Taylorsville Road (both directions).
  • Newly installed traffic signals will become operational at bottoms of exit ramps along Taylorsville Road. 

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. (next day) Monday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug. 17
  • 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 a.m. (next day) Monday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug. 17
  • Taylorsville Rd. (Lower Makefield, PA) in vicinity of I-95 - Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, to Friday, Aug. 17
  • River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, to Friday, Aug. 17
  • Woodside Rd. (west of Taylorsville Rd.) - Right or left lane closures with passage maintained in each direction and/or flaggers 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, to Friday, Aug. 17

New Jersey

  • No significant travel restrictions for the week. 

Weekends: Aside from the overnight ramp closures at the II-295/Route 29 interchange (Exit 76/ Old Exit 1) and any carry over of possible Friday travel restrictions into Saturdays, no other project-related closures are scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 18-19

PA Delaware Canal Towpath: The towpath for the Delaware Canal on the Pennsylvania side of the Scudder Falls Bridge will be closed for mobilization and construction activities around-the-clock Mondays through Saturdays.  Public access is Sundays-only through August.  A map of the closed area may be accessed here.

Construction Update - Week of August 19

Major project work activities for the week of Aug. 19 include:

  • PA-I-295 - Roadway construction and drainage work.
  • Taylorsville Rd. interchange area (Exit 10, Old Exit 51), Woodside Road, and bridge over Delaware Canal - Roadway construction/drainage/waterline activities at the intersection of Woodside and Taylorsville roads, Taylorsville Road northbound, and new temporary interchange ramps; continue abutment piles and install support of excavation at the highway bridge over the canal.
  • Upstream of PA approach to Scudder Falls Bridge (work area between River Rd./Route 32 and Taylorsville Rd.) - Continue wall construction in area of bridge monitor (BM)/all-electronic tolling (AET) facility; begin wall and floor construction for the actual BM/AET building; form, place rebar and pour footing for upstream bridge's PA abutment.
  • Pennsylvania side of replacement bridge's upstream span (vicinity of River/Woodside roads and the river) – Remove cofferdam and backfill at first in-water pier (Pier 2); cure pier cap, remove cofferdam, backfill and begin removing access trestle at second in-water pier (Pier 3); remove cofferdam, backfill and begin removing access trestle at third in-water pier (Pier 4); install bearings on completed PA piers and erect steel girders from completed New Jersey steelwork to new PA piers.
  • New Jersey side of replacement bridge's upstream span - seal concrete caps, columns and footings at land-based pier between river and Route 29 (Pier 6).
  • I-295/Route 29 interchange (Exit 76, Old Exit 1) area – Roadway construction/drainage/sub-base/paving within various interchange ramps and downstream roundabout; continue various construction tasks -- including installation of concrete decks, approach slabs, and barrier/parapets -- at new elevated entry/exit ramps.
  • NJ I-295 northbound approach before interchange - Install foundations, posts and panels for noise-abatement walls.
  • New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- Continue erosion control construction at various locations in both states.