The Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project is being staged in a manner that will minimize impacts to traffic, local business and communities. In part to avoid traffic impacts, trestle causeways are being built into the river to enable work crews to access and build the new bridge from both shorelines.

See below for the list of major construction tasks that are underway. Check back regularly as construction schedules are subject to change.

Construction Update - Week of March 1

Major project work activities for the week of  March 1 include:

  • Resume barrier construction at PA retaining wall.
  • Continue roadway construction on I-285 at PA canal bridge.
  • Construct sleeper slab at Taylorsville Road bridge abutment.
  • Main River Bridge: Continue approach slab construction. Pier 4, repair downstream column, form/place pier caps. Resume  trestle/finger removal, continue bolt-up and erection of new northbound girders and install utility conduits between girders.
  • Continue ITS and highway lighting at various locations in PA and NJ.
  • Continue excavation along NJ Route 29. Continue installation of soldier pile walls and drainage for the pedestrian walkway on New Jersey side.
  • See related traffic diversions: In NJ, all Rt. 29 southbound traffic will continue to be diverted through the new roundabouts and the 295 southbound by-pass will be closed until the summer of 2021. A 24/7 detour remains in effect on the ramp from Route 175 to I-295S until the summer of 2021.

Construction Schedule

Milestone/Activity Date/Status
Project Construction Start Spring 2017
Install temporary trestle upstream of the existing bridge Completed/fully removed
Construct upstream span of the new bridge Completed
Widening (to the inside) of the PA I-295 approach – from Exit 8 (old exit 49) to the bridge Upstream half completed/second phase now in progress
First span of new bridge open to traffic Opened overnight July 9, 2019
Start All-Electronic Tolling (PA-bound only) July 14, 2019
Second span of new bridge open to traffic Late 2021
Estimated Project Completion Early 2022