Public Comment Deadline on Proposed Toll Schedule for New Bridge Extended to Sept. 6
Thank you for visiting the website for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project. The project team invites you to look through the website, learn more about the project, browse materials developed to support the environmental documentation process, or ask questions about the project.
The Scudder Falls Bridge spans the Delaware River between Ewing, N.J. and Lower Makefield, PA. The bridge, its adjoining interchanges and immediate approach roadways are a heavily used commuter route that encounters peak-period traffic congestion and travel delays on a daily basis. The existing bridge was constructed in 1959 and opened in 1961, becoming an important regional commuter connection between Bucks County, PA. and Mercer County, N.J. The bridge carried a daily average of more than 59,000 vehicles in 2015 – far more than it was designed to handle.
The current dysfunctional bridge is a 1,740-foot-long, 10-span structure consisting of two continuous steel-plate girders with alternating cantilever suspended spans and a heavily worn concrete deck. The bridge is safe for current use, though it is nearing the end of its useful life. The bridge is of similar design to the infamous Mianus River Bridge that collapsed in Connecticut in 1983. Under the National Bridge Inventory list, the existing bridge is classified as “functionally obsolete” due to concerns with capacity, safety deficiencies, shoulders, and poor approach roadway geometry. The bridge’s lack of shoulders cause lane closures when vehicles are stranded or when routine maintenance operations are conducted. Current interchange geometry creates difficult and unsafe traffic movements for commuter traffic.
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission is advancing the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project to address safety deficiencies and current and foreseeable future traffic congestion at the bridge, its nearby interchanges, and its approach roadways in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The project is expected to move into full construction in early 2017. However, work on some advance construction measures – such as noise-reduction walls – is underway now in 2016.
Proposed Toll Schedule
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced the proposed toll schedule for the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge in early July 2016. Proposed tolls for passenger vehicles (cars, four-wheel pickup trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles), which make up 92 percent of the traffic using the bridge, are $1.25 E-ZPass, $2.60 Toll-by-Plate, and 75 cents for frequent commuters using a DRJTBC-affiliated toll tag. Higher rates are proposed for trucks, buses and other non-passenger vehicles. All toll information is on the Commission's website -- www.drjtbc.org
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission first established a specific website for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project in September 2003. The original purpose was to provide the public with information about the project’s environmental documentation process. The website subsequently underwent periodic revision and updating as the Commission compiled a voluminous Environmental Assessment (EA) and a subsequent EA Addendum.