Overnight Road/Ramp Closures on NJ Side of Scudder Falls Bridge July 16 & 17

The NJ Route 29 northbound bypass roadway at the I-295/I-95 interchange (Exit 76 /Old Exit 1) is schedule to be closed with a posted detour through the interchange OVERNIGHT 10 p.m. Monday, July 16, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 17

NJ Route 175 and the onramp to I-295 South will be closed with a posted detour OVERNIGHT 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, to 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 18; a detour map is available here:

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 July 15

Travel restrictions for the week of July 15 are as follows:

New Jersey

  • Route 29 northbound bypass of I-295/I-95 interchange - OVERNIGHT closure with posted detour through the interchange 10 p.m. Monday, July 16, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 17
  • Route 175/Upr. River Road - OVERNIGHT closure with posted detour (click here for map: http://www.drjtbc.org/wp-content/uploads/Route_175_Detour_Map_121417.jpg) 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, to 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 18; AND intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20

Pennsylvania side

  • 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. (next day) Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20
  • 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, July 16, through Friday, July 20
  • Taylorsville Rd. (Lower Makefield, PA) in vicinity of I-95 - Intermittent single-lane patterns 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20
  • River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20
  • Woodside Rd. (west of Taylorsville Rd.) - Right or left lane closures with passage maintained in each direction and/or flagging-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20

Weekends: Aside from any carry over of possible Friday travel restrictions into Saturdays, no other project-related closures are scheduled for the weekends of July 14-15 and 21-22

Construction Update - Week of July 15

Major project construction tasks for the week of July 15 include:

  • PA I-95 highway median - Install retaining walls and slab; subgrade/subbase construction and paving.
  • PA I-95 bridge approach/area of Taylorsville Rd. interchange (New Exit 10, Old Exit 51) - Staged construction for I-95 bridges over Delaware Canal and Taylorsville Road; roadway, drainage and waterline activities at Taylorsville/Woodside intersection and interchange's new temporary ramps; and traffic signal foundation installation.
  • Upstream of PA approach to Scudder Falls Bridge (work area between River Rd./Route 32 and Taylorsville Rd.) - Drainage installation in vicinity of new upstream bridge's Pennsylvania abutment; wall and foundation construction  in area of bridge monitor/AET building; and construct toe wall and grade beams for the BM/AET building.
  • Pennsylvania side of replacement bridge's upstream span (vicinity of River/Woodside roads and the river) – Cure concrete for pier caps, strip forms, and seal pier at first in-water pier (Pier 2); continue column construction at second in-water pier (Pier 3); continue pier cap construction and seal pier at third water-based pier (Pier 4).
  • I-295/Route 29 interchange (Exit 76, Old Exit 1) area – ; Install high-mast lighting foundations; roadway construction/drainage/sub-base/paving within various interchange ramps and at downstream roundabout; and continue various construction tasks at new elevated entry and exit ramps; install mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) panel near the new upstream bridge.
  • I-295 north near Bear Tavern Road exit - Noise wall construction.