EWING, NJ – The I-295 northbound off ramp to Route 29 (Exit 76 – the last New Jersey exit prior to the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge) is scheduled to be closed with a posted detour during daytime and evening hours Tuesday, November 23, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
Motorists who use Exit 76 are urged to plan ahead on Tuesday and use the prior County Route 579/Bear Tavern Road interchange (Exit 75) in order to avoid a toll at the Scudder Falls Bridge into Pennsylvania. Failure to take Exit 75 will result in a point-of-no-return situation where motorists will need to pay the bridge toll before attempting a U-turn from Pennsylvania back into New Jersey. The car toll is $1.25 with E-ZPass and $3 without E-ZPass.
Potentially affected motorists are advised to keep alert for detour signs in advance of Exit 75 and take that off-ramp. The Exit 76 ramp closure is expected to begin approximately 7 a.m. Tuesday and remain in place until after 8 p.m. This means the ramp closure will affect I-295 northbound evening peak-period commuters on Tuesday.
The posted detour will be as follows: Take the Exit 75 off-ramp and keep right to loop onto southbound CR-579/Bear Tavern Road. Proceed to the second traffic signal at the intersection of West Upper Ferry Road/CR-634. Turn right and proceed on West Upper Ferry Road/CR-634 to the next traffic signal at the intersection of Route 29. Motorists can either turn left on the green signal to take Route 29 SB toward Trenton and other points south, or turn right to take Route 29 NB toward Washington Crossing, Lambertville and other points north. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW DETOUR MAP)
The Exit 76 ramp closure will enable Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project work crews to diamond grind the ramp’s polyester-polymer concrete (PPC) surface. The ramp extends between I-295 NB and the roundabout on the northern side of the I-295/Route 29 interchange. The upcoming work is one in a series of final tasks to be completed before the 4-1/2-year-long project reaches substantial completion in mid-December.
The aforementioned scheduled travel restriction is 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.