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.

Construction status:

  • Land-based preparations currently underway (late-May 2017)
  • In-water work set to start early July 2017.

Electronic Tolling Start (southbound only):  Sometime in 2019.

Estimated Full Project Duration: 4-1/2 years

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Travel Advisories -- Week of May 28

  • All lanes of I-95 open 24/7 through Memorial Day weekend
  • I-95 north NJ -- off-peak lane closure, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31
  • Route 29 south -- overnight closure with detour via Route 175/River Road, 10 p.m. May 31 to 6 a.m. June 1
  • Route 29 north -- overnight single-lane pattern, 7 p.m. June 1 to 5:30 a.m. June 2; 7 p.m. June 2 to 5:30 a.m. June 3
  • Route 29 south -- overnight single-lane pattern, 7 p.m. June 2 to 5:30 a.m. June 3

Work Activities - Week of May 28

  • Begin installing stone construction entrances in PA
  • Install temporary construction barriers on Route 29 north and I-95 south in NJ
  • Clearing/grubbing and temporary drainage work for I-95/Route 29 interchange temporary ramps
  • Guide rail removal and construction acess work for replacement bridge along NJ Route 29 south  
  • Place advance warning signs I-95/Route 29 interchange ramps
  • Install erosion control/construction entrances I-95/Route 29 interchange
  • Prepare staging/laydown area in NE quadrant of I-95/Route 332 interchange in PA
  • Preliminary survey work throughout project limits