It’s official: the first completed span of the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge opened to a single-lane of I-295 Pennsylvania-bound traffic shortly after 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 according to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
For the next two weeks, the new bridge will carry only Pennsylvania-bound traffic and the old “functionally obsolete” bridge will carry only New Jersey-bound traffic. All I-295 traffic is expected to be shifted onto the new bridge on or about July 24.
In tandem with the bridge’s opening, a series of reconstructed ramps and a new roundabout on the upstream side of I-295/NJ Route 29 interchange have been put into service. The new system of interchange ramps were constructed during a 20-week closure period that began in February. Route 29 motorists can now directly access the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge for travel to I-295 WB in Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, on the Pennsylvania side of the bridge, the Taylorsville Road access ramp to I-295 WB toward Newtown and Philadelphia also reopened. That ramp had been closed for six weeks to allow for reconstruction that allows the ramp to feed into the new I-295 WB segment on the bridge’s Pennsylvania side.