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Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project Status
(early 2015)

Current Forward Schedule

•  The project currently is in the final design stage

•  The Commission approved a contract with Michael Baker, Jr., Inc. of Hamilton, N.J. to provide final design services on February 23, 2015

•  The final design process is expected to take roughly 18 months

•  A construction contract procurement process is expected to be initiated in the latter part of 2016

•  Full project construction currently is expected to begin in early 2017

•  Construction is anticipated to take 3 to 4 years

•  (Note: This schedule is subject to change; more precise dates will be determined once the final design process is completed)

Final Design Procurement Timeline - late 2014/early 2015

•  Commission's intent to pursue project as a design-bid-build procurement - and not a Public-Private Partnership (P3) - reaffirmed by Executive Director at July 2014 meeting

•  Commission posts - and advertises - 100-page Request for Proposal(RFP) for Final Design Services August 20

•  Pre-Proposal Meeting at Sheraton Bucks County Hotel ballroom in Langhorne, PA. on September 10 attracts 132 consultants representing 74 engineering firms, including 38 Identified Business Enterprises (women-owned, minority owned, etc.)

•  Closing date for inquiries from interested firms - September 26

•  Commission response to inquiries - October 8

•  10 firms submit proposals in response to the RFP - October 30

•  Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) of professional staff formed to review and evaluate proposals

•  Field of RFP responses short listed to four firms - Dec. 22

•  TEC conducts oral interviews of short-listed firms - January 13 and 14, 2015

•  TEC presents findings to Senior Selection Committee (SSC) on January 16; SSC confirms findings to negotiate scope and fee with highest ranking firm

•  Commission authorizes Executive Director to negotiate scope and fee with highest ranked firm - January 26

•  Commission awards final design contract to Michael Baker, Jr., Inc. of Hamilton, N.J. for a not-to-exceed amount of $22,490,000

Prior Significant Project Development Milestones

•  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

•  September 2012 -- Commission receives FHWA confirmation that a tolling agreement is not required for the project under the federal MAP-21 transportation funding act

•  June 2012 - Federal Highway Administration issues a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

•  February 2012 - Commission approves project's Interagency Agreement with state departments of transportation in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

•  January 2012 - Public comment period ends on EA Addendum; project team moves to submit remaining environmental/cultural resources documentation to FHWA for possible FONSI

•  December 2011 - Public hearing held on tolling impacts and bike-ped path

•  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

•  January 2011 - Commission receives FHWA opinion affirming Commission's legal authority to toll the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge

•  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

•  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

•  July 2010 - Commission asked by administrations in both states to consider possible P3 procurement for the project

•  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

•  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

•  February 2010 - Comment period closes for 561-page Environmental Assessment distributed in December

•  January 2010 - Open House/Public Hearing held on draft EA document at two locations (one on each side of the river)

•  December 2010 - Commission unanimously approves tolling (cashless, no toll booths) for replacement bridge as means to pay project costs

•  December 2010 - 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

•  September 2003 - Commission initiates environmental documentation process eventually resulting in 892-page FONSI/NEPA decision; project-specific website and project information phone line established

•  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 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

This page was last updated in March 2015.