Early Stages

Southerly Crossings Corridor Study: Phase I Transportation Study

This report was completed by the Louis Berger Group in August 2002. It concluded that “there is a need to increase the capacity of the Scudder Falls Bridge to achieve acceptable traffic flow conditions on the facility, regardless of what investment choices were made on other bridges in the study area.

Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

This MOA document was signed by all parties in January 2003. Under this tri-party agreement, the Commission and the Departments of Transportation in New Jersey and Pennsylvania created a partnership to work with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to alleviate current and future traffic conditions along the Scudder Falls Bridge and its immediate highway corridor. The MOA formed the basis of the development of the replacement bridge project’s Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Documentation phase. It was agreed that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) would be the lead federal agency for preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).