Overnight Detours for Route 29 SB Motorists This Week on NJ Side of Scudder Falls Bridge
Two overnight detours are scheduled to be implemented along Route 29 SB on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge Monday, Sept. 17, through Thursday, Sept. 20. The detours will be in effect 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and will affect two traffic movements: Route 29 SB motorists approaching the I-295 interchange and I-295 NB/WB motorists attempting to access the slip ramp to Route 29 SB at the interchange (Exit 76/last exit in New Jersey). Both of these movements will be directed to travel southbound on nearby Route 175/River Road when detours are in effect. Maps of the two detours are posted below.
Detour for NJ Route 29 SB via Route 175/River Road
Detour for I-295 NB/WB Slip Ramp to NJ Route 29 SB at Exit 76
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
Project Progress Photos (click on photo below)
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