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 - October/November

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 vibration 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 Dec. 10

The following travel restrictions are schedule in the 4.4-mile project area during the week of December 3:

Pennsylvania side

  • Route 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) - Narrowed lane on entry ramp to I-95 north 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, to Friday, Dec. 15
  • 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, Dec. 11 through Friday Dec. 15
  • 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, Dec. 4, through Friday, Dec. 8
  • Taylorsville Road (Lower Mkefield, PA) in vicinity of I-95 - Intermittent single-lane patterns 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, to Friday, Dec. 15
  • Woodside Road west of Taylorsville Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, to Friday, Dec. 15
  • River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, to Friday, Dec. 15

New Jersey side  

  • Route 175/River Road – Alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers between I-95 and West Upper Ferry Road 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, to Friday, Dec. 15

PA Canal Towpath: The Delaware Canal towpath closed in vicinity of I-95 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15

Weekends: Aside from carryover closures from Friday overnight restrictions, no project-related lane closures are scheduled for Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 16-17

Construction Update - Week of Dec. 10

Major construction tasks for the week of December 10 include:

  • PA I-95 highway median - Install drainage, excavate to subgrade for retaining wall, install retaining walls, begin paving in front of completed retaining wall sections.
  • Taylorsville Road interchange (Exit 51) - Excavate for stormwater basin in southwest infield.
  • Woodside Road west of Taylorsville Road - Gas line installation with subgrade excavation and curb.
  • PA I-95 approach to Scudder Falls Bridge (between River Road/Route 32 and Taylorsville Road/Exit 51) - Continue jack and bore for 72-inch culvert pipe in preparation for bridge monitor/all-electronic tolling building; install supports for excavation/wire wall and begin forms/rebar for footing where all-electronic tolling gantry will be constructed. 
  • Pennsylvania side of replacement bridge's upstream span (vicinity of River and Woodside roads) – Continue construction of temporary work platform in river and finger extension in preparation for cofferdame work for first in-river pier (Pier 2) on PA side of new bridge; cure recently poured concrete footing at land-based pier (Pier 1) for new bridge and begin installation of forms and rebar for pier shafts.
  • New Jersey side of replacement bridge (between Route 29 south and river) – Continue drilled shaft installation for new bridge's in-water pier (Pier 5); cure recently poured concrete footing and begin installation of forms and rebar for land-based pier's shafts near riverbank (Pier 6).
  • I-95/Route 29 interchange (Exit 1) area – Earthwork and drainage at various temporary and permanent ramps; continue construction of ramp structures (abutments and piers) for new interchange; construct mechanically stabilized earth walls and backfill; continue bridge abutment walls construction, backfill and begin forms/rebar for the New Jersey bridge abutment.