TRAVEL ALERT - Until May 11, 2018

Detour Routes for Westbound Travel Prohibition on Woodside Road (Lower Makefield, PA) until May 11, 2018 (revised end date)

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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 Apr. 22

The full schedule of travel restrictions for the week of Apr. 22 is as follows:

New Jersey side  

  • NJ Route 175/River Road OR NJ Route 29 North Interchange Bypass Roadway – OVERNIGHT closures with posted detours on either of these roadways daily - 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next morning) Monday, Apr. 23, through Thursday, Apr. 26; 10 p.m. Friday, Apr. 27, to 7 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 28; and 10 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 28, to 8 a.m. Sunday, Apr. 29.  (Note:  When Route 29 nothbound bypass is closed, motorists are advided to use the northbound service lanes through the interchange as an alternate route.)  (A detour map is available in the Public Outreach section of this website for accessing I-295 south/I-95 north during any overnight closure of Route 175/River Road.)
  • Route 175/River Road - DAYTIME Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Apr. 23, to Saturday, Apr. 28

Pennsylvania side

  • Woodside Rd. (west of Taylorsville Rd.) - Eastbound traffic only 24/7 until May 11; see map of posted detour routes atop left column of this page 
  • I-95 noth 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, Apr. 23, through Friday, Apr. 27
  • 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, Apr. 23, through Friday, Apr. 27
  • Taylorsville Rd. (Lower Makefield, PA) in vicinity of I-95 - Intermittent single-lane patterns 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Apr. 23, to Friday, Apr. 27
  • River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Apr. 23, to Friday, Apr. 27

Weekends: A 24/7 westbound travel prohibition on Woodside Road west of the Taylorsville Road intersection in Lower Makefield PA; overnight closures of either NJ Route 175/River Road and corresponding entry ramp to I-295 south OR Route 29 northbound interchange bypass in Ewing, NJ; no other project-related lane closures are scheduled for Apr. 21-22 and Apr. 28-29 

Construction Update - Week of Apr. 22

Major project construction tasks for the week of Apr. 22 include:

  • PA I-95 highway median - Install retaining walls and slab; resume subgrade/subbase construction.
  • PA I-95/Taylorsville Rd. interchange (Exit 51) - Continue new ramp construction. 
  • Woodside Road west of Taylorsville Road - Roadway construction/drainage activities.
  • PA I-95 approach to Scudder Falls Bridge (between River Rd./Route 32 and Taylorsville Rd./Exit 51) - Resume staged construction at approach bridge over Delaware Canal; continue call construction in area of bridge monitor/AET building.
  • Pennsylvania side of replacement bridge's upstream span (vicinity of River and Woodside roads and in Delaware River) – Cure concrete for land-based bridge pier columns (Pier 1) and begin work on pier caps; complete drilled shaft construction and begin forming/rebar for footing at first in-water pier (Pier 2); continue excavation, place concrete for bottom mud mat, and pre-tie rebar cages for drilled shafts at second in-water pier (Pier 3); begin mobilization for and install drilled shafts for third water-based pier (Pier 4).
  • I-95/Route 29 interchange (Exit 1) area – Resume roadway construction/drainage within various interchange ramps; continue construction of walls and ramp structures (abutments and piers) for new interchange; prep for and set bearings and install girders between completed ramp piers and abutments.
  • Route 175 on-ramp to I-95 north - Install temporary support of excavation for new ramp.
  • I-295 NB west of Bear Tavern Road - Continue drilled shaft construction for new noise-abatement wall.