Traffic Congestion

  • Current roadway capacity is inadequate to provide acceptable existing and future traffic operations during peak travel periods (mornings – northbound PA to NJ; evening – southbound NJ to PA)
    • Geometric deficiencies on the Scudder Falls Bridge and adjoining interchange ramps, combined with heavy traffic demand along the I-95 corridor, result in substantial delays during peak periods
    • The bridge and adjoining segments are currently operating at levels well in excess of available highway capacity, causing frequent peak-period backups and delays
    • The bridge carried 1,583,595 vehicles during its first full year of service in 1962; in 2014, it carried 19,451,256 vehicles, or a daily average of 58,400.
  • Studies have shown that traffic is expected to increase in future years
    • With higher traffic volumes and no improvements to existing geometric deficiencies on the bridge and adjoining closely spaced ramp merges at Route 29 in New Jersey and Taylorsville Road in Pennsylvania, the number of traffic incidents on the bridge can be expected to increase in future years