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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New Scudder Falls Bridge and Interchange Map

Project Progress Photos

Construction Progress - August/September 2017

Project Progress Archives

NOTICE:  Construction activities are currently taking place weeknights at the New Jersey landing area for the upstream span of the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge.  This work involves vibrartion driving of coffer dam piling with the use of cranes and other heavy equipment.  Noise-intensive work that had been taking place until 2 a.m. must now stop at 11 p.m. until further notice.    

Travel Advisory -- Week of October 22

The following travel restrictions are schedule in the 4.4-mile project area during the week of October 22:

Pennsylvania side

  • I-95 north 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, Oct. 23 through Friday, Oct. 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, Oct. 23 through Friday, Oct. 27.
  • Woodside Road west of Taylorsville Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 to Friday, Oct. 27.
  • River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 to Friday, Oct. 27.

New Jersey side

  • Route 29 Interchange (exit 1) -- Route 29 northbound access ramp to I-95 northbound scheduled to be closed with a posted detour 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28  
  • Route 175/River Road – Alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 to Friday, Oct. 27.

Canal Towpath NJ side -- The Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath in the area of the Scudder Falls Bridge has been reopend; periodic short-duration stoppages may be encountered now through November.

Canal Towpath PA side -- The Delaware Canal towpath will be closed in the vicinity of the I-95 overpass 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 through Oct. 25 for installation of timber shielding.  

Weekends: Aside from carryover closures along I-95 from Friday overnight periods, no project-related lane closures are currently scheduled for Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29.

Construction Update - Week of October 22

Work will take take place at eight different locations within the project area during the week of Oct. 22:

  • PA I-95 highway median - Drainage installation, backfill behind installed retaining wall, and begin installing precast barrier within the median.
  • Taylorsville Road interchange (Exit 51) - Continue excavation/construction for stormwater basin in southwest infield.
  • Woodside Road west of Taylorsville Road - Drainage work, roadway widening.
  • I-95 embankment between bridge and Exit 51 (Taylorsville Road) - Jack and bore for 72-inch culvert pipe; install temporary shielding beneath the I-95 overpass of the Delaware Canal.
  • Pennsylvania side of replacement bridge's upstream span (vicinity of River and Woodside roads) – Further extend temporary trestle causeway for construction of new bridge's upstream-span in-water piers; install footing forms, rebar and concrete for new upstream bridge's land-based pier.
  • New Jersey side of replacement bridge (betwen Route 29 south and river) – Complete finger portion of temporary trestle causeway in river; complete cofferdam wale fabrication and begin cofferdam for new upstream span's in-river pier closest to NJ bank; continue excavation and begin drilled shaft installation for new upstream span's land pier.
  • I-95/Route 29 interchange (Exit 1) area – Continue interchange ramp work (pier cap installations, pier column and cap); set MSE wall panels and install leveling pads; complete temporary supports for new upstream bridge's New Jersey abutment, excavate and install piles.
  • NJ Route 175/River Road -- PSE&G utility relocation work; temporary lighting installation work.