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 15

The following travel restrictions are schedule in the 4.4-mile project area during the week of October 15:

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. 16 through Friday, Oct. 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 p.m. (next day) Monday, Oct. 16 through Friday, Oct. 20.
  • Woodside Road west of Taylorsville Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 to Friday, Oct. 20.
  • River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 to Friday, Oct. 20.
  • Rte. 332/Newtown-Yardley ramp to I-95 north – Narrowed lane with mandatory stop, 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (following day) Monday, Oct. 16 to Friday, Oct. 20.

New Jersey side

  • Route 175/River Road – Alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 to Friday, Oct. 20; AND posted detour in effect 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) overnights on Wednesday, Oct. 18, and Thursday, Oct. 19.

Canal Towpath NJ side -- Full closure of the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath now in effect near its intersection with Route 29 in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge (Ewing, NJ), continuing 24/7 through Oct. 31.

Weekends: No project-related lane closures are currently scheduled for Oct. 21-22.

Construction Update - Week of October 15

Work will take take place at nine different locations within the project area during the week of Oct. 15:

  • Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) - Drainage work.
  • PA I-95 highway median - Drainage installation and backfill behind installed retaining wall.
  • 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 Delaware Canal overpass and Taylorsville Road overpass; nearby tree cutting; pre-drill for pedestrian access ramp abutment.
  • 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; continue drilled shaft installations for land-based bridge pier and install corresponding footing forms.
  • New Jersey side of replacement bridge (betwen Route 29 south and river) – Continue extending temporary trestle causeway into river; fabricate wale supports for in-water cofferdam; and excavate within land-based cofferdam 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 pad; complete temporary supports for new upstream bridge span's New Jersey abutment, excavate and install piles.
  • NJ Route 175/River Road -- PSE&G utility relocation work.