In 2002, the DRJTBC completed the Southerly Crossings Corridor Study, which recommended that I-95 and the Scudder Falls Bridge be expanded. The study concluded that:
In January 2003, the DRJTBC signed a Memorandum of Agreement with FHWA, PENNDOT and NJDOT to proceed with the environmental studies and preliminary design for the I-95/Scudder Falls Bridge Improvement Project. These organizations agreed to use PENNDOT's Project Development Process to fulfill the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process requirements.Purpose and Need
The Purpose & Need statement is part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process to document why a project is undertaken. This documentation lays the foundation for identifying and evaluating reasonable alternatives to be considered in environmental and engineering studies.
It is expected that traffic volumes on the Scudder Falls Bridge will increase to about 76,500 vehicles per day by 2030. The levels of service during the morning and afternoon peak hour are currently rated F, representing the worst operating conditions.
The existing Scudder Falls Bridge consists of two travel lanes in each direction, separated by a concrete median barrier. The bridge lacks shoulders and breakdown lanes and does not meet current highway design standards. Congestion at the bridge is exacerbated not only by the narrow bridge, but also by the proximity of the adjoining interchanges with ramps merging onto the I-95 mainline close to the bridge.
The DRJTBC is sponsoring the I-95/Scudder Falls Bridge Improvement Project to accommodate current and predicted traffic volumes, as well as to create safer interchanges on both sides of the bridge.
larger map of Scudder Falls Bridge
and its immediate surroundings.