EWING, NJ – The closure of select exit and entry ramps at the I-295/NJ Route 29 interchange (Exit 76) on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge will continue without interruption next week with some motorists still adjusting to the new detours and travel patterns, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The travel restrictions at the interchange went into effect last week and will remain in place for 18 consecutive weeks to allow for the construction of a roundabout on the upstream side of the I-295/Route 29 interchange. This will be the second roundabout at the interchange.  Last year, a roundabout was constructed and put into service on the interchange’s downstream side. The two roundabouts are one facet of the 4-1/2-year-long Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project currently underway within a 4.4-mile-long construction zone at the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border.

Three traffic movements at the interchange are affected and each has its own detour route:

Important notes:

  • Only select travel movements within the interchange are affected; the Scudder Falls Bridge, I-295 and Route 29 remain open to thru-traffic.
  • I-295 SB (toward Princeton) entry ramp from Route 29 NB & SB remains open.
  • I-295 NB exit ramp to Route 29 NB (last New Jersey exit before the bridge) remains open.
  • I-295 EB/SB exit ramp to Route 29 SB (first New Jersey exit after crossing the bridge from Pennsylvania) remains open.

Guidance: Route 29 motorists seeking to access the Scudder Falls Bridge for crossings into Pennsylvania should follow detour signs for I-295 WB (I-295 NB in New Jersey becomes I-295 WB in Pennsylvania).

Because of the scope of ramp closures and detours at the interchange, motorists who use the I-295/Route 29 interchange during peak commuting periods are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations as the public continues adjusts to the new travel restrictions.

The full list of Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project’s scheduled travel restrictions for the week of February 24 is as follows:

Pennsylvania side

  • I-295 EB & WB in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge – Intermittent off-peak single-lane travel patterns possible due to construction/demolition along I-295 on the NJ side of the Scudder Falls Bridge Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1.
  • Taylorsville Road north of I-295 Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb.25, to Friday, March 1.
  • Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1.
  • Woodside Road – Right or left lane closures with passage maintained in each direction and/or flagging-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1.
  • PA Route 32/River Road – Alternating traffic controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 to Friday, March 1.

New Jersey side

  • I-295 EB/SB (old I-95 NB) crossing the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1.
  • I-295 NB/WB (old I-95 SB) approaching the Scudder Falls Bridge Pennsylvania-bound – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day).
  • The following closures and detours are 24/7 until late June:
    • I-295 EB/SB Exit Ramp to Route 29 NB (first exit in NJ after crossing Scudder Falls Bridge from Pennsylvania) – Continue along I-295 SB to Exit 73A (Scotch Road North), use the exit’s loop ramps to make a U-turn onto I-295 NB for return to the Route 29 interchange (Exit 76) and the ramp to Route 29 NB. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW ORANGE DETOUR MAP)
  • Route 29 SB & NB entry ramps to I-295 NB/WB and PA-bound travel on the Scudder Falls Bridge –Proceed into the downstream roundabout and use the ramp for I-295 SB, follow to Exit 73A (Scotch Road North), use the exit’s loop ramps to make a U-turn onto I-295 NB and travel across the bridge to I-295 WB in Pennsylvania. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW BLUE DETOUR MAP)
    • I-295 NB exit ramp to Route 29 SB (at last exit in NJ) – Proceed across the Scudder Falls Bridge for a U-turn at the Taylorsville Road interchange (Exit 10) in PA, take I-295 SB across the bridge for connection with Route 29 SB via the first NJ exit ramp and the downstream roundabout. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW GREEN DETOUR MAP)
  • Route 29 NB bypass roadway – Intermittent short-duration, flagger-controlled stoppages 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1.
  • Route 175/River Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel patterns controlled by flaggers 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, to Friday, March 1. AND OVERNIGHT detours via nearby Rte. 29 with corresponding access to I-295 SB via on ramp from roundabout 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Feb. 25, through Thursday, Feb. 28.

Weekends: Aside from any Friday overnight travel restrictions extending into Saturdays and the uninterrupted 24/7 ramp closures at the I-295/Route 29 interchange, no other lane closures and detours are scheduled for the weekends of Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3.

Canal Towpaths near the Scudder Falls Bridge:

NJ side – Intermittent daytime and nighttime closures of the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath segment in New Jersey restarting Monday, Feb. 25, and continuing until Sunday, March 3. Note: New Jersey towpath closures may occur on weekdays and weekends, but Sunday closures are unlikely.)

PA side – Intermittent weekday closures of the Delaware Canal towpath segment in Pennsylvania until March 20.

The aforementioned scheduled travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergency, traffic, and equipment/materials mobilization considerations.  Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations, and to reduce speeds and exercise caution when travelling through project work areas.

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