SPECIAL TRAVEL ALERT - January 19

Alert - Please allow extra time for travel on Friday, January 19, along I-95 southbound and northbound on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge.  Schifano Construction, a contractor for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, is making emergency repairs to potholes and heavily deteriorated pavement along I-95 in the vicinity of Exit 1/Route 29 in Ewing, N.J.  Exit 1 ramps in both directions will be closed and detoured at various intervals when repair work is being conducted.  

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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Travel Advisory -- Week of January 21

The following travel restrictions are scheduled in the 4.4-mile project area during the week of January 21:

New Jersey side  

  • NJ Route 175/River Road and on-ramp to I-95 northbound – Alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers between I-95 and West Upper Ferry Road 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, to Friday, Jan. 26
  • Route 29 interchange with I-95 (Exit 1) - Single-lane patterns in each direction in project area 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, to Friday, Jan. 19; AND restricted ramp widths 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, to Friday, Jan. 26

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, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 26
  • 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, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 26
  • Taylorsville Rd. (Lower Makefield, PA) in vicinity of I-95 - Intermittent single-lane patterns 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, to Friday, Jan. 26
  • Woodside Rd. (west of Taylorsville Rd.) - Intermittent single-lane patters 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, to Friday, Jan. 26
  • River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, to Friday, Jan. 26

Weekends: No lane closures currently scheduled for Jan. 20-21 (However, rolling pothole repairs on I-95 both directions Saturday morning, Jan. 20) and Jan. 27-28

Construction Update - Week of January 21

Major construction tasks for the week of January 21 include:

  • PA I-95 highway median - Install drainage, retaining walls, and moment slabs.
  • PA I-95/Taylorsville Rd. interchange (Exit 51) - Excavation within the southwest infield for drainage basin.
  • Woodside Rd./Taylorsville Rd. intersection - Install gas utility line.
  • PA I-95 approach to Scudder Falls Bridge (between River Rd./Route 32 and Taylorsville Rd./Exit 51) - Continue jack and bore for 72-inch culvert pipe, install mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall panels and wire wall in area of future bridge monitor/all-electronic tolling building; continue staged demolition work at I-95 approach bridges over Delaware Canal and Taylorsville Rd.
  • Pennsylvania side of replacement bridge's upstream span (vicinity of River and Woodside roads and in Delaware River) – Continue construction of temporary work platform toward second in-river pier from PA side toward second in-river pier (Pier 3); crack repairs, backfill footing and remove cofferdam at land-based PA pier (Pier 1); begin work to install steel sheets for cofferdam at first in-river pier (Pier 2).
  • NJ side of replacement bridge (between Route 29 south and river) – Begin rebar and framework for new bridge's in-water pier (Pier 5); cure pier columns and place forms, rebar and concrete for pier cap, backfill and remove cofferdaym at land-based pier (Pier 6) near NJ riverbank.
  • I-95/Route 29 interchange (Exit 1) area – Install pedestal portion of sign structure along Route 29; remove existing highway lighting and install new lighting conduit and junction boxes; continue construction of ramp structures (abutments and piers) for new interchange; install MSE wall panels; complete forms/rebar and place concrete for backwall at new bridge's NJ abutment.
  • I-95 sounthbound near Bear Tavern Road-CR 579 Interchange (Exit 2) - Mobilize and install drilled shaft foundations for noise-abatement walls.