The Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project is being staged in a manner that will minimize impacts to traffic, local business and communities. In part to avoid traffic impacts, trestle causeways are being built into the river to enable work crews to access and build the new bridge from both shorelines.

See below for the list of major construction tasks that are underway. Check back regularly as construction schedules are subject to change.

Construction Update - Week of August 12

Major project work activities for the week of August 12 include:

  • I-295 - Continue roadway construction, including embankment, milling, paving, guide rail and drainage installation for temporary crossovers and detoured ramps in PA and NJ. See related advisory on shift of  travel lanes and ramp closures. Continue work on drainage basins and landscape work. 
  • Main River Bridge - Continue installation of columns and pier caps for pedestrian bridge piers. Continue installation of utility conduits, down-spouting for bridge drainage and stripping deck overhead forms from beneath southbound main river bridge.
  • Bridge Monitor/AET building - perform remaining punch list work for building, sidewalks and parking lot.
  • NJ I-295 approach - Continue utility, highway lighting conduit and junction box installation at various locations. Continue curb/light post construction and railing for pedestrian walkway. Continue installation of temporary shielding beneath the existing main river bridge. Resume trestle installation and continue demolition of existing main river bridge. Begin wall construction for pedestrian bridge and dig test for drilled shafts at Route 29 bridge.

Construction Schedule

Milestone/Activity Date/Status
Project Construction Start Spring 2017
Install temporary trestle upstream of the existing bridge Completed/partially removed
Construct upstream span of the new bridge In progress
Widening (to the inside) of the PA I-95 approach – from Exit 49 to the bridge In progress
First span of new bridge open to traffic Date TBD in 2019
Start All-Electronic Tolling (PA-bound only) Date TBD in 2019
Second span of new bridge open to traffic Summer/Fall 2021
Estimated Project Completion Second Half 2021