The Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project has undergone an extensive and robust planning process and construction and now underway.
Why was the project proposed?
In January 2003, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the New Jersey Departments of Transportation (NJDOT) and the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation (PennDOT) establishing the project limits. Following the establishment of the MOA, the Commission initiated a 10-year environmental documentation and conceptual design process.
Environmental Review and Approvals
Preparations for the project were initiated in early 2003 and culminated with the June 14, 2012 issuance of a pivotal Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The FHWA’s determination validated the project’s extensive environmental documentation compiled by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission and its project management team.
Decision to Toll the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge
In December 2009, the Commission voted to establish cashless tolling for the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge. The action was taken due to the absence of federal and state transportation support for the project. Tolling at the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge ensures that its users shoulder the cost burden of the project’s significant transportation-infrastructure and safety improvements. FHWA confirmed Commission’s authority to toll the replacement bridge and approved in the EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
Tolling at the new bridge will be conducted through an “all-electronic tolling” (AET) system. A conventional barrier toll plaza will not be built. Tolling will be in the southbound direction only (entering Pennsylvania). This one-direction toll collection is consistent with all other DRJTBC toll bridges where tolls are charged for traffic crossing from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.