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.
- Land-based preparations currently underway (late-May 2017)
- Advance noise walls installation along Pennsylvania I-95 approach completed June 2, 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
New Scudder Falls Bridge and Interchange Map
I-95 North Ramp Closure Detour
Size and Weight Restrictions Now in Effect for Trucks
Due to reduced turning radii at interchanges, narrowed highway lane configurations and traffic shifts, size and weight restrictions are now in effect for the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge. Vehicles may not exceed one or more of the following limits: 201,000 pounds, 10 feet in width, or 80 feet in length.