The closure/detour of PA Route 32/River Road beneath the Scudder Falls Bridge that was scheduled to start this week has now been postponed a second time and will start Monday, Oct. 8, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The closures are needed to allow for the lifting and installation of 10-foot-high steel girders between recently completed support piers for the new replacement bridge’s upstream span. The massive girders will support the new bridge’s road deck. Scores of girders already have been installed across the river from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.

Next week, the progression of girder installation will continue. To accomplish this, a small section of Route 32/River Road will be closed to traffic 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Monday, Oct. 8, to Friday, Oct. 12.

Detours will be posted for affected motorists, directing them around the construction zone. Downstream of the Scudder Falls Bridge, the detour point will be on Route 32/N. Delaware Ave. and East Afton Avenue/PA Route 332 in Yardley. Upstream of the bridge, the detour points will be along Route 32/River Road at Mt. Eyre Road (Upper Makefield/Lower Makefield) and Woodside Road (Lower Makefield). These detour route will involve Taylorsville Road, which runs parallel to Route 32/River Road.

Route 32/River Road will remain accessible to residents living along the roadway at all times. (Detour map attached.)

Meanwhile, on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge, Route 29 SB will be closed overnight Monday, Oct. 8, through Thursday, Oct. 11, in the vicinity of the I-295 interchange.

The full schedule of project-related travel restrictions for the week of October 7 follows:

Pennsylvania side

  • PA Route 32/River Road approaching the Scudder Falls Bridge – DAYTIME CLOSURES with posted detours 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, to Friday, Oct. 12.
  • I-295 EB/WB in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns possible during off-peak/overnight hours for construction along I-295 on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge Monday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Oct. 12.
  • Taylorsville Road north of I-295 and Interchange ramps – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, to Friday, Oct. 12.
  • Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, to Friday, Oct. 12.
  • Woodside Road (west of Taylorsville Road to around Clearview Drive) – Right or left lane closures with passage maintained in each direction and/or flagging-controlled travel 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, to Friday, Oct. 12.

New Jersey side

  • I-295 NB/WB (Pennsylvania-bound)/old I-95 SB) approaching the Scudder Falls Bridge – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Oct. 12.
  • I-295 EB/SB (New Jersey-bound/old I-95 NB) crossing the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey – Intermittent single-lane travel patterns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Oct. 12.
  • Route 29 SB at the I-295 interchange – OVERNIGHT closures 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next morning) Monday, Oct. 8, through Thursday, Oct. 11; Follow POSTED DETOUR via nearby Route 175/River Road. (Detour map attached.)
  • I-295 NB Slip Ramp to Route 29 SB at Exit 76 (old Exit 1) — OVERNIGHT closures 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next morning) Monday, Oct. 8, through Thursday, Oct. 11; Follow POSTED DETOUR via nearby Route 175/River Road. (Detour map attached.)
  • Route 175/River Road – Intermittent alternating single-lane travel may be implemented approximately 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 to Friday, Oct. 12.

Weekends: Aside from carryover of any Friday overnight travel restrictions along I-295 approaching the Scudder Falls Bridge, no weekend travel restrictions are scheduled for Oct. 6-7 and 13-14.

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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