Motorist Alert: NJ Bound Single Lane Restrictions Scheduled on Scudder Falls Bridge for this Week
Another series of concrete pours and single-lane travel restrictions are scheduled at the Scudder Falls (I-295) Bridge during the upcoming week of June 13, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced Saturday.
Concrete pours are scheduled for Monday night into Tuesday, Tuesday night into Wednesday, Wednesday night into Thursday, and Thursday night into Friday. The right NJ-bound lane at the Scudder Falls Bridge will be closed to allow construction crews to carry out the work.
Bucks County residents commuting to job locations in New Jersey or the Trenton-Mercer Airport should anticipate backups and delays 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 15; Wednesday, June 16; Thursday, June 17; and Friday, June 18. Two-mile-long backups with corresponding travel delays of more than 30 minutes are up to an hour are possible on I-295 eastbound approaching the bridge from Bucks County, PA.
The full schedule of anticipated Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project travel restrictions for the week of June 13 follows:
- I-295 EB and the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge (NJ-bound) – Single-lane travel (one of two lanes closed) likely Monday to Friday (also possible on Saturday in the event of weekday rainouts).
- I-295 WB (PA-Bound) west of the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern permitted west of the bridge 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, June 14, through Friday, June 18.
- Taylorsville Road north of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 14, to Friday, June 18.
- Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, June 14, to Friday, June 18.
- River Road/PA Route 32 – Brief traffic stoppages possible in the vicinity of where River Road/PA Route 32 crosses beneath the Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, June 14, to Friday, June 18.
New Jersey side
- NJ Route 175/Upper River Road in the vicinity of the I-295 overpass – Daytime closure/detour via nearby Route 29 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 14, to Friday, June 18.
- I-295 NB (PA-Bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern extending onto the new completed upstream span of the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, June 14, to Friday, June 18.
- I-295 SB – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern permitted 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, June 14, through Friday, June 18.
- Route 29 NB – Potential short-term stoppages and flagging 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 14, to Friday, June 18.
- Route 29 SB Bypass Lane – Continuing 24/7 closure with traffic shifted through the adjoining I-295/Route 29 interchange’s connector ramps and roundabouts for travel toward Trenton or onto I-295.
- Route 29 connector lanes between roundabouts — Periodic traffic stoppages controlled by flaggers may be necessary in the detour area Monday through Friday.
- NJ Route 175/Upper River Road entry ramp to I-295 SB – 24/7 closure continuing through spring 2021. DETOUR: Use the southern roundabout at the nearby I-295/Route 29 interchange to access the on-ramp for I-295 SB.
The aforementioned scheduled travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergencies, traffic, and equipment/materials mobilization. Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations, reduce speeds and exercise caution when travelling through project work areas.
- Single-lane closure NJ-Bound on Scudder Falls Bridge (I-295 EB from Pennsylvania side) for rescheduled concrete pour Friday night, June 11, into Saturday, June 12. Aside from this closure and the blocked NJ Route 29 bypass lane beneath the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge in New Jersey, no other project-related lane closures are scheduled for June 12-13 and 19-20.
Delaware Canal Towpath (PA side) – Towpath closures are not anticipated during June.
Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath (NJ side) – Daily closure/stoppages possible 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through June. These restrictions – when implemented – will allow for construction of a connecting path and access ramp to the shared-use bike-ped facility that is expected to open on the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge in fall 2021. Canal path open on weekends.
More information on the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project is available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com.