Construction Contract, Bond Authorization Approved

A $396 million construction contract to carry out the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project was approved at the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission's January 30, 2017 meeting. In a corresponding action, the Commission authorized the issuance of up to $475 million in bonds to finance the project. A news release on the new project developments is available in the Press Room section of this website. For more information on the project, click "Read More" below. A video explaining the bridge's all-electronic toll system may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq_8BEokUrw&t=12s.

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The Scudder Falls Bridge spans the Delaware River between Ewing, N.J. and Lower Makefield, PA.  The bridge, its adjoining interchanges and immediate approach roadways are a heavily used commuter route that encounters peak-period traffic congestion and travel delays on a daily basis.  The existing bridge was constructed in 1959 and opened in 1961, becoming an important regional commuter connection between Bucks County, PA. and Mercer County, N.J.  The bridge carried a daily average of more than 59,000 vehicles in 2015 – far more than it was designed to handle.

The current dysfunctional bridge is a 1,740-foot-long, 10-span structure consisting of two continuous steel-plate girders with alternating cantilever suspended spans and a heavily worn concrete deck.  The bridge is safe for current use, though it is nearing the end of its useful life.  The bridge is of similar design to the infamous Mianus River Bridge that collapsed in Connecticut in 1983.  Under the National Bridge Inventory list, the existing bridge is classified as “functionally obsolete” due to concerns with capacity, safety deficiencies, shoulders, and poor approach roadway geometry.  The bridge’s lack of shoulders cause lane closures when vehicles are stranded or when routine maintenance operations are conducted.  Current interchange geometry creates difficult and unsafe traffic movements for commuter traffic.

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission is advancing the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project to address safety deficiencies and current and foreseeable future traffic congestion at the bridge, its nearby interchanges, and its approach roadways in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  The project is expected to move into full construction in early 2017.  However, work on some advance construction measures – such as noise-reduction walls – is underway now in 2016. 

Aerial view of interchange approaching bridge

Toll Schedule Approved for New Bridge

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission on September 26, 2016 approved the toll schedule to be charged at the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge when the first span of the new bridge opens as a tolled crossing in 2019.  Tolls will be collected in the southbound direction only via an all-electronic toll (AET) system consisting of E-ZPass transponder readers and high-resolution cameras designed to capture the license plate images of vehicles without E-ZPass.  The base E-ZPass passenger vehicle toll is $1.25.  The passenger vehicle Toll-by-Plate toll is $2.60.  An E-ZPass commuter discou

Latest Update -- February 17, 2017

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission awarded the project's construction contract to Trumbull Corp. on January 30.  A $430 million bond sale for the project took place on Feb. 14.  A date for the start of project construction activities has yet to be determined.  Advance tree cutting for project has been completed.  The last tree was felled on December 15, 2016.  Noise wall installation work on the bridge's I-95 Pennsylvania approach is currently on winter hiatus and is expected to resume March 6.