EWING, NJ – An abbreviated series of travel restrictions will be implemented next week for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project due to the Independence Day holiday travel period, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
NJ Route 29 NB & SB will be closed in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls (I-295) Bridge during overnight hours on two nights – Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2. Posted detours will be in effect during these closure periods directing motorists to use nearby NJ Route 175/River Road as an alternate travel route.
The Route 29 lane closures are needed to allow work crews to complete portions of the reconstructed/realigned upstream side of the I-295/Route 29 interchange (Exit 76), which has been closed to traffic since February. The interchange’s closed ramps are expected to reopen in unison with the opening of the first completed span of the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge on July 10.
The full list of Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project travel restrictions for the week of June 30 are as follows:
New Jersey side
- Route 29 NB Bypass Roadway at I-295/Route 29 interchange – Overnight closure with a posted detour via nearby NJ Route 175/River Road 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day), Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2. Posted detour – Follow detour signs for Route 29 NB starting at the West Upper Ferry Road/Route 175 intersection, which is at the traffic light preceding the interchange. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW YELLOW DETOUR MAP)
- Route 29 SB near the Scudder Falls Bridge – Overnight closure with posted detour via nearby NJ Route 175/River Road 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day), Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2. Posted detour – Follow detour signs for Route 29 SB along NJ Route 175/River Road. Make right at stop sign at intersection of West Upper Ferry Road/CR-634 and proceed to traffic light at intersection with Route 29 south of the Scudder Falls Bridge. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW ORANGE DETOUR MAP)
- I-295 NB/WB (old I-95 SB) approaching the Scudder Falls Bridge from New Jersey to Pennsylvania – Intermittent off-peak single-lane travel patterns 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, July 1, and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day), Tuesday, July 2.
- Route 175/Upper River Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel patterns 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2.
- I-295/Route 29 Interchange (Exit 76) – The following closures and detours are 24/7 until the new bridge’s opening on or about July 10:
- 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 SECOND 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 (daytime) – Intermittent short-duration, flagger-controlled stoppages 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2.
- Taylorsville Road Access Ramp to I-295 WB (old I-95 SB) – A six-week, around-the-clock closure remains in effect until approximately July 10. Posted detour: Proceed to the on-ramp for I-295 South toward New Jersey, cross the Scudder Falls Bridge and continue on I-295 South to the Scotch Road interchange (Exit 73A), use the loop ramps to cross over I-295 and enter I-295 North back toward the bridge, and cross the Scudder Falls Bridge into Pennsylvania where the highway designation changes to I-295 West toward Philadelphia. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW PURPLE DETOUR MAP)
- I-295 WB from the bridge to the Route 332/Newtown-Yardley Road interchange (Exit 8) – Off-peak intermittent single-lane travel – if needed for construction – 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2.
- Taylorsville Road north of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2.
- Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 2, and Tuesday, July 2.
- Woodside Road – Intermittent right or left lane closures with passage maintained in each direction and/or flagging-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2.
- PA Route 32/River Road – Intermittent alternating traffic controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2.
Independence Day Holiday Period
Aside from the current 24/7 ramp closures at the I-295/Route 29 interchange (Exit 76) and the I-295/Taylorsville Road interchange (Exit 10) in Pennsylvania, all project related lane and ramp closures will be suspended for the Fourth of July travel weekend, starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, and remaining in effect until 6 a.m. Monday, July 8.
Canal Towpath Closures near I-295 and the Scudder Falls Bridge
- Pennsylvania – Intermittent closures of the Delaware Canal towpath may be implemented on weekdays through the month of July.
- New Jersey – Intermittent closures of the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath may be necessary on some weekdays during the month of July.
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, reduce speeds and exercise caution when travelling through project work areas.