September 2000 Southerly Crossings Corridor Study examines four bridges within a 9-mile reach of Trenton (Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge/Route 1, Lower Trenton, Calhoun Street and Scudder Falls); report identifies the Scudder Falls Bridge as a high priority for improvement
January 2003 Commission enters into Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with NJDOT and PennDOT establishing the project limits as a 4.4-mile segment of I-95 from PA Route 332 in Bucks County, PA. to Bear Tavern Road in Mercer County, N.J; MOA states the Commission will bear sole financial responsibility for project’s environmental document and preliminary engineering costs
September 2003 Commission initiates environmental documentation process eventually resulting in 892-page FONSI/NEPA decision; project-specific website and project information phone line established
December 2009 561-page EA issued for public review and comment; document identifies and assesses how the project may impact the environment, including aesthetics, air quality, noise, water quality and aquatic life, historic resources, and cultural resources
Commission unanimously approves tolling (cashless, no toll booths) for replacement bridge as means to pay project costs
January 2010 Open House/Public Hearing held on draft EA document at two locations (one on each side of the river)
February 2010 Comment period closes for 561-page Environmental Assessment distributed in December
April 2010 Statement of Intent for project approved by Commission; authorizes design-bid-build procurement for the project and formally makes a bike/ped facility a project component
June 2010 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issues a final Biological Opinion wherein a “No Jeopardy” determination was made with regards to impacts on threatened and endangered species
July 2010 Commission asked by administrations in both states to consider possible P3 procurement for the project
August 2010 Commission formally initiates process to evaluate and deliberate potential project procurement as a Public-Private Partnership (P3); P3 later deemed disadvantageous for the Commission and its customers
September 2010 Traffic consultant Jacobs Engineering submits study and analysis of traffic diversion that could occur once tolling (southbound direction only) is implemented at the replacement bridge; study (updated in May 2011 with comments made by transportation agencies) concludes that traffic diversion from tolled bridge will have minimal impacts to local roadways and bridges
January 2011 Commission receives FHWA opinion affirming Commission’s legal authority to toll the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge
November 2011 EA Addendum issued concerning Commission’s plans to toll the replacement bridge using an all-electronic toll collection system and to include a bike-ped walkway
December 2011 Public hearing held on tolling impacts and bike-ped path
January 2012 Public comment period ends on EA Addendum; project team moves to submit remaining environmental/cultural resources documentation to FHWA for possible FONSI
February 2012 Commission approves project’s Interagency Agreement with state departments of transportation in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
June 2012 Federal Highway Administration issues a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
September 2012 Commission receives FHWA confirmation that a tolling agreement is not required for the project under the federal MAP-21 transportation funding act
January 2013 Commission completes archaeological research and cataloging of recovered artifacts from identified project impact sites in Ewing, N.J and Lower Makefield, PA in accordance with National Historic Preservation Act and in coordination with New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; materials and reports delivered to respective state museums in Trenton and Harrisburg
June 2013 NJ Department of Environmental Protection issues Freshwater Individual Permit, Flood Hazard Area Verification, Flood Hazard Area Permit, and Water Quality Certificate approval.
July 2013 Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission (NJ) Certificate of Approval received.
March 2014 Commission received Bucks County Conservation District – Erosion and Sediment Control Approval and Bucks County Conservation District – Pennsylvania NPDES Approval.
January 2015 Lower Makefield Township – Act 167 Consistency Letter issued; letter states that the storm-water management plans developed for the project’s PA side are consistent with Lower Makefield’s Delaware River South Watershed Stormwater Management Ordinance (Act 167 Plan)
February 2015 Commission awards final design contract for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project
March 2015 Aerial mapping and surveying begins for final design work
May 2015 Subsurface Boring and Sampling Contract awarded for Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project; results will be used to assist in preparation of project’s final design March 2015
July 2015 Commission awards pre-construction traffic study for local state roads and intersections and five I-95 interchanges in the general vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge
Construction activities for stopgap deck repair project at the current Scudder Falls bridge; the goal is to put the bridge’s weathered and rutted road deck in a sufficiently improved condition so that it may continue in service long enough to allow for construction of the new, improved replacement bridge
Soil boring work underway in the vicinity of the bridge; the geotechnical research was extensive and involved 297 land borings, 27 water borings, 32 test pits and 110 pavement before completion
September 2015 Public involvement contract awarded to McCormick Taylor, Inc. to plan and carry out a public involvement program for the project including meetings, videos, toll hearings and other outreach efforts
November 2015 Advance tree-cutting contract awarded to clear the 4.4 project area of trees for installation of noise-abatement walls and for various bridge replacement project construction activities; tree cutting is conducted in two stages – early 2016 and late 2016/early 2017 with tree cutting suspended for Indiana bat foraging season (April 1 through September 30)
December 2015 An open house at a Lower Makefield middle school attracts 240 attendees; the event features an updated project schedule, a variety of viewing stations of project concepts, design renderings and environmental mitigation plans, an eight-minute video about the project, and examples of noise-abatement wall treatments for public input
January 2016 NJ DEP initiates public notice process for conveyance of two Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park easements that are needed to carry out elements of the bridge replacement project
Phase 1 advance tree cutting begins along the Pennsylvania I-95 approach to the bridge at areas where noise-abatement walls are warranted to be installed
Additional noise sampling conducted along Pennsylvania I-95 approach
February 2016 Construction management and constructability review services contract awarded for the project
March 2016 Open house on project design concepts, construction schedule and New Jersey tree cutting plan held in Ewing, NJ with corresponding hearing on New Jersey tree cutting plan; 60-day comment period on tree cutting plan begins
Contract awarded for construction management of advance noise-abatement wall installation work and constructability review of 60-percent design submissions for Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project
Advance tree cutting ends for noise-abatement walls along Pennsylvania’s I-95 approach
April 2016 Commission representatives and project team hold meeting with Lower Makefield residents to announce results of supplemental noise-data collection study
May 2016 Commission releases Pennsylvania noise-abatement wall design survey results showing public’s preference for grey fractured-rock design
Public comment period for New Jersey reforestation plan closes
Construction contract and inspection services contract are awarded for advance Pennsylvania noise-abatement walls installation work
June 2016 Pre-construction activities begin for installation of noise-abatement wall along I-95 approach in Pennsylvania
Intergovernmental agreement with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation authorized by vote of the Commission
July 2016 Commission unveils proposed toll schedule for Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge, schedules hearings and opens public comment period
Bridge Commission holds hearings on new bridge’s proposed toll schedule in Ewing, NJ and Lower Makefield, PA
Commission authorizes Executive Director to enter into necessary agreements with various Pennsylvania utility companies for utility relocation costs associated with the project
Video explaining Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge’s all-electronic tolling system posted on YouTube
August 2016 Commission extends deadline for comments on proposed Scudder Falls Bridge toll schedule into early September
September 2016 First panels of PA I-95 noise-abatement walls go into place
Public comment period on proposed Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge toll schedule closes
Project construction contract put out to bid
Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission approves the schedule of tolls to be charged at the new bridge upon opening of the first completed span sometime in 2019
October 2016 Advance tree cutting work for project resumes (Stage 2) in areas of the new bridge, the flanking interchanges, and along the New Jersey approach roadway
Construction management contract for Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project awarded
Commission appoints underwriting group for anticipated bond issue to finance the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project
Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and Owner-Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) formally authorized for Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project
November 2016 PLA and OCIP documents made available for prospective contractors on November 10
December 2016 Project bid submittal date extended to January 10, 2017
NJ Department of Environmental Protection Freshwater Wetlands and Flood Hazard Area approvals issued; New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office project authorization issued
January 2017 Advance Stage 2 tree cutting and removal work (New Jersey and Pennsylvania) completed along immediate approaches to Scudder Falls Bridge, in the vicinity of the new bridge, and at the bridge’s two flanking interchanges.
Commission awards $396 million construction contract to Trumbull Corporation of Pittsburgh, PA.
Commission the issuance of up to $475 million in bonds to finance the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project.
Notice to Proceed issued to Hill International, the engineering firm providing construction management services for the bridge replacement project.
February 2017 Trumbull submits insurance certificate, project labor agreement (PLA) documentation, and performance and payment bonds as contractually obligated.
Pivotal Section 404 permit from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Section 105 permit from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are received.
Memorandum of Agreement along with an amendment to the project’s Programmatic Agreement are finalized with the New Jersey Green Acres program for the connection of the new bridge’s pedestrian walkway with the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath.
Bond sale advances with posting of Preliminary Official Statement and an Investor Presentation viewed by 65 representatives from 57 different investment firms, bond funds, and banks.
Bond offering goes to pricing and is fully subscribed in 45 minutes; Commission receives $2.5 billion in orders, 6.4 times what was offered for sale.
Commission awards contracts to three engineering contracts that will provide construction inspection services for the multi-faceted bridge, roadway and interchanges project.
March 2017 Bond issue completed in the final par amount of $430.25 million, with proceeds of $22 million deposited in the project’s construction fund.
Agreement executed between Trumbull Corporation and the Commission for the main project construction contract; Notice to Proceed is issued to Trumbull.
Construction activities resume for noise-abatement walls at warranted locations along the Pennsylvania I-95 approach to the Scudder Falls Bridge.
Utility line relocation work begins on the Pennsylvania side of the Scudder Falls Bridge in advance of project construction.
Tree clearing and removal begins on a portion of a river island in the path of the replacement bridge’s upstream span.
Commission approves Owner-Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP), a package of policies intended to protect the Commission from liability and loss during project construction.
April 2017 Tree clearing, removal and bank-stabilization work completed on river island in path of replacement bridge’s upstream span.
The project’s Owner-Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) is finalized by the program’s administrator.
July 2017 Commission breaks ground on Main Project construction. Find out more about the Project Construction Schedule.