EWING, N.J. – The next public outreach session for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project is scheduled to take place Tuesday evening in Ewing, N.J., consisting of an open house of project information and a hearing on upcoming tree cutting work and reforestation measures along the bridge’s I-95 approach roadway in New Jersey.
The dual events are scheduled to take place March 15 at the West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company Ballroom, 40 W. Upper Ferry Rd., West Trenton, N.J. The open house is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will be immediately followed by a public reforestation hearing from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the same location. (Notes: West Trenton is a part of Ewing Township. Official Notice attached.)
The open house will enable members of the public to reacquaint themselves with the project by examining informational display boards, speaking with project representatives, and viewing a continuously running video. The event will feature 22 different display boards grouped into 8 different subject categories:
- Project Status and Contracts
- Route 29 Interchange
- Updated Bridge Design Renderings
- Construction Staging/Traffic Control
- Environmental Considerations
- Noise Walls
- Taylorsville Road Interchange (Pennsylvania)
- NJ No Net Loss Reforestation Act Compliance
A member of the project design/engineering team will be positioned at each viewing station to provide explanations and answer questions.
A public hearing will follow the open house, allowing for collection of comments on tree clearing work anticipated to begin later this year on the bridge’s New Jersey side and the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s reforestation plan to compensate for the loss of those trees. The hearing will consist of a presentation on the New Jersey-oriented reforestation plan followed by a comment period for the public.
The session will be moderated by a hearing officer. Comments will be restricted to the proposed New Jersey tree cutting work and the corresponding reforestation plan. Verbal comments at the forum will be recorded by a court stenographer. Individuals also will have an opportunity to provide verbal testimony privately to a court stenographer. Written testimony also may be submitted. Public comments can continue to be submitted for 60 days after the hearing.
The Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project involves a heavily commuted 4.4-mile portion of the I-95 corridor extending from the Route 332/Yardley-Newtown Road interchange (Exit 49) in Bucks County, PA. and the Bear Tavern Road/Route 579 interchange (Exit 2) in Mercer County, N.J. The congestion-prone highway segment is a choke point for job-commuter traffic between Bucks County, PA. and Central Jersey.
More information about the project is available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com. A toll-free information/comment line for the project may be reached toll-free at 855-I95-SPAN (855-4957726).
About the Commission
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission was formed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey in 1934. It operates seven toll bridges and 13 toll-supported bridges, two of which are pedestrian-only spans. The Commission is a self-supporting public-service agency that receives neither federal nor state tax dollars to finance its projects or operations. Funding for the operations, maintenance and upkeep of its bridges and related transportation facilities is solely derived from revenues collected at its toll bridges. The Commission’s jurisdiction extends along the Delaware River from the Philadelphia-Bucks County line north to the New Jersey/New York border. The bridges carried more than 141.7 million cars and trucks in 2015. For more information about the Commission and its various initiatives to deliver safer and more convenient travel for its customers, please see: www.drjtbc.org.