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

Learn More

New Scudder Falls Bridge and Interchange Map

I-95 North Ramp Closure Detour

Size and Weight Restrictions Now in Effect for Trucks

Due to reduced turning radii at interchanges, narrowed highway lane configurations and traffic shifts, size and weight restrictions are now in effect for the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge.  Vehicles may not exceed one or more of the following limits:  201,000 pounds, 10 feet in width, or 80 feet in length.

Travel Advisory -- Week of August 13

Please anticipate the following travel restrictions in the 4.4-mile-long project area during the week of Aug. 13:

Pennsylvania side

  • I-95 north – Intermittent single-lane travel from the Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) to the Scudder Falls Bridge 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (following day) Monday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 18.
  • I-95 south – Intermittent single-lane travel from the Scudder Falls Bridge to the Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49), 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. (following day) Monday, Aug. 7, through Friday, August 11. 
  • Woodside Road west of Taylorsville Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 18.
  • River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 to Friday, Aug. 18.

New Jersey side

  • Route 175/River Road – Alternating single-lane travel in the vicinity of the I-95 overpass -- Closure with detour 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Aug. 14 through Thursday, Aug. 17; and single-lane alternating traffic pattern controlled by flaggers 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 18.

Construction Update - Week of August 13

  • Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) – Excavation and construction of storm-water retention basin with corresponding drainage and erosion-control devices in the sprawling infield of the northbound I-95 exit ramp.
  • I-95 northbound PA segment – Installation and anchoring of concrete construction barrier.
  • PA I-95 highway median – Removal of top soil and early-stage excavation for areas needing retaining wall.
  • Taylorsville Road/Yardley-New Hope interchange (Exit 51) – Excavation for drainage basin within infield.
  • Woodside Road (Lower Makefield, PA) – Construction for roadway widening west of Taylorsville Road.
  • Pennsylvania side of replacement bridge (vicinity of River and Woodside roads) – Continuing mobilization activities and installation of drilled shafts and steel pile for PA bridge abutment, first bridge pier, and ramp support piers; continue bulkhead and temporary trestle causeway construction.
  • New Jersey side of replacement bridge (betwen Route 29 south and river) – Land-based portion of temporary trestle causeway completed; begin installation of cofferdam for new bridge's land pier; mobilize for support of excavation and piling at site of New Jersey abutment; mobilize for construction of new access ramp structure.
  • I-95/Route 29 interchange (Exit 1) – Earthwork activities for various temporary ramps and install temporary drainage and erosion-control devices at various locations within in the interchange.
  • Route 175/River Road (Ewing, NJ) – Utility relocation work in the vicinity of the I-95 approach bridge to the current Scudder Falls Bridge and the nearby onramp to I-95 northbound -- nearing completion.
  • I-95 southbound NJ segment – Land clearings for additional noise-abatement walls along the roadway.