LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project construction activities are expected to necessitate a daytime closure/detour of PA Route 32/River Road in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge next Thursday.

The travel restriction will enable project work crews to safely move and position heavy equipment to move the pier-cap forms from a new land-based bridge support pier to another pier under construction near the river’s edge.

The road closure is scheduled to be in effect on both directions of Route 32/River Road from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 8.

Affected traffic will be diverted around the closed section of roadway via nearby Main Street/Taylorsville Road from East Afton Avenue to the south and Woodside Road to the north. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW DETOUR MAP) The travel restriction will not impact traffic on I-295 or the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge.  Local access from the Route 32/Delaware Avenue intersection with Route 332/East Afton Avenue in Yardley will be accommodated.

The full schedule of possible project-related travel restrictions for the week of October 4 is as follows:

Pennsylvania side

  • I-295 WB (PA-Bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern permitted west of the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 9.
  • I-295 EB and the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge (NJ-bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane travel 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 9.
  • Taylorsville Road north of I-295 Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, to Friday, Oct. 9.
  • Taylorsville Road south of I-295 – Intermittent single-lane patterns with possible flagger-controlled travel Monday, Oct. 5, to Friday, Oct. 9.
  • Woodside Road/Taylorsville Road Intersection – Intermittent lane closures controlled by flaggers 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, to Friday, Oct. 9.
  • River Road/PA Route 32 – Possible intermittent traffic stoppages controlled by flaggers 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, Tuesday, Oct. 6, Wednesday, Oct. 7, and Friday, Oct. 9. Also: Closure with detour via nearby Main Street/Taylorsville Road accessible from Woodside Road in Lower Makefield and Route 332/East Afton Avenue in Yardley (Route 32 is signed Delaware Avenue in Yardley).  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW DETOUR MAP)

New Jersey side

  • Route 29 SB Bypass Lane – Continuing 24/7 closure with traffic shifted through the adjoining I-295/Route 29 interchange’s connector ramps and roundabouts for travel toward Trenton or onto I-295. ALSO, periodic traffic stoppages controlled by flaggers may be necessary in the detour area Monday through Friday.
  • I-295 NB (PA-Bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern extending onto the new completed upstream span of the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 9.
  • I-295 SB (NJ-Bound) – Intermittent off-peak single-lane pattern permitted 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 9.
  • I-295 SB Entry Ramp from NJ Route 175/River Road – 24/7 closure continuing through spring 2021. DETOUR: Use the southern roundabout at the nearby I-295/Route 29 interchange to access the on-ramp for I-295 SB
  • Route 175/Upper River Road – Daytime closure with thru-traffic detoured in both directions to nearby Route 29 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, to Friday, Oct. 9.

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

Weekends

No project-related lane closures are scheduled for the weekends of Oct. 3-4 and Oct. 10-11 — except for the long-term NJ Route 29 SB bypass lane diversion and detour indicated above.

Delaware Canal Towpath (PA side) – Sporadic daytime closure/stoppages possible 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for project-related construction activities through October; open on weekends.

Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath (NJ side) – Daily closure/stoppages possible 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays now through October.  These restrictions – when implemented – will allow for construction of a connecting path and access ramp to the shared-use bike-ped facility that is expected to open on the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge in late summer/early fall 2021.  Canal path open on weekends.

NOISE WARNING –Cofferdam and temporary in-river work platform construction in the vicinity of Park Island requires vibratory hammering and pile driving; this noise is necessary to maintain the project schedule while complying with environmental-impact restrictions.

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