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.

Construction status:

  • 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

 

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I-95 North Ramp Closure Detour

Travel Advisory -- Week of July 23

The following travel restrictions are scheduled for the 4.4-mile-long project area during the week of July 23:

  • Continuous traffic shift to be implemented along I-95 north between Route 332/Newtown Yardley interchange (Exit 49) and the Scudder Falls Bridge either overnight Tuesday, July 25, or overnight Wednesday, July 26
  • I-95 north PA - Single-lane travel pattern possible from Rte. 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) to the Scudder Falls Bridge 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28
  • I-95 south PA – Traffic shift with narrowed travel lanes and no shoulders in effect from Scudder Falls Bridge to Rte. 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49); single-lane travel pattern possible 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28
  • River Road/Route 32, Lower Makefield, PA upstream of the Scudder Falls Bridge – brief-duration alternating single-lane travel patterns with flaggers 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 24, to Friday July 28
  • Woodside Road, Lower Makefield, PA I-95 - Alternating single-lane patterns with flaggers 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, to Friday, June 28.
  • NJ Route 175/River Road – alternating single-lane traffic pattern controlled by flaggers daytime and early evenings 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and full closures in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge’s I-95 approach overpass 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (following day) Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28. Note: On-ramp to I-95 north will be inaccessible during the overnight closure periods; affected motorists should follow posted detour routes.

 

Work Activities - Week of July 23

  • Construction/paving temporary ramps from Taylorsville Road to I-95 north
  • Establish traffic shift along I-95 NB in PA; install construction barriers and attenuators
  • Install drainage basin in I-95/PA Route 332 interchange infield and pre-treatment basins along
    PA I-95 NB
  • Begin installation of temporary signal at Taylorsville and Woodside Roads (PA side)
  • Utility relocation work along Route 175/River Road in Ewing, NJ
  • Begin Woodsville Road construction west of Taylorsville Road (PA side)
  • Earth moving for temporary ramps and install temporary drainage at I-95/Route 29 interchange
  • Begin work on PA bridge abutment and PA exit ramp pier
  • Mobilize equipment and materials for first bridge pier on PA side
  • Continue trestle causeway construction and bulkhead instllations NJ and PA sides
  • Begin Pier 6 cofferdam (NJ side)