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 - September/October 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 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 Nov. 19

The following travel restrictions are schedule in the 4.4-mile project area during the week of November 19:

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, Nov 20 through Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • 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, Nov. 20 through Tuesday, Nov. 21 (lane closure must be lifted by 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22)
  • Woodside Road west of Taylorsville Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • River Road/Route 32 – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21

New Jersey side  

  • Route 175/River Road – Alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers between I-95 and West Upper Ferry Road Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21

Weekends: Aside from carryover closures along I-95 from Friday overnight periods, no project-related lane closures are scheduled for Nov. 18-19.  Thanksgiving: A lane-closure moratorium will be in effect throughout the project area for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend travel period starting 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 and continuing until noon, Monday, Nov. 27

Construction Update - Week of Nov. 19

The New Jersey temporary trestle causeway for constructing the first of the new bridge's in-water piers has been completed.  Construction of a similar temporary trestle causeway is continuing to progress on the Pennsylvania side.  Other major project tasks include:

  • PA I-95 highway median - Strip topsoil, install drainage, excavate to subgrade for retaining wall, install retaining wall and slabs within the median.
  • Taylorsville Road interchange (Exit 51) - Excavate for stormwater basin in southwest infield.
  • Woodside Road west of Taylorsville Road - Drainage and gas line installation, and subgrade excavation.
  • I-95 approach to PA side of 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 of area where all-electronic tolling gantry support wall will be constructed. 
  • Pennsylvania side of replacement bridge's upstream span (vicinity of River and Woodside roads) – Temporary trestle causeway construction; complete installation of footing forms, rebar and concrete for new land-based bridge pier; install piles for new bridge's abutment.
  • New Jersey side of replacement bridge (betwen Route 29 south and river) – Complete cofferdam installation and excavation and mobilization for drilled shafts for new in-water bridge pier; complete drilled shaft installation and begin footing forms for land-based pier near riverbank.
  • 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; begin mechanically stabilized earth wall construction.
  • Note:  Temporary trestle causeway construction and cofferdam installation work for the new bridge's in-water piers is noise-intensive and the contractor is limited to conducting such work betwen 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.