The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced Pennsylvania residents who use the Scudder Falls Bridge for commutes to jobs at New Jersey state agencies and other Trenton-based offices would be the largest block of drivers to encounter the new downstream roundabout that is rescheduled to become fully operational at the I-295/Route 29 interchange (Exit 76, old exit 1) on or about Friday, November 2.
The single-lane roundabout is off the first exit ramp on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge. The roundabout, which has been in partial service since August, will serve multiple traffic movements between I-295 SB and Route 29 NB and SB. (Note: Motorists approaching the bridge from Pennsylvania are on I-295 EB; the roadway’s designation changes to I-295 SB upon crossing into New Jersey.)
Some overnight ramp closures are expected – weather permitting – 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (next morning) Thursday, November 1 – to bring the roundabout fully online. In the event of foul weather, full roundabout implementation could be delayed a day or until next week.
Travel changes for accessing the new roundabout
Pennsylvania motorists who take the first off-ramp from I-295 EB/SB after crossing the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey will encounter a lane split approaching the roundabout. (A direction sign image can be viewed here.)
The right fork is for Rte. 29 NB. This lane bypasses the roundabout. Motorists taking this lane should yield to the left at the access point for the roadway leading to Route 29 NB.
The left fork at the lane split will be for accessing Route 29 SB via the new roundabout. These motorists should yield to the left at the roundabout’s entry point, as vehicles already in the roundabout always have the Right of Way. Upon entering the roundabout, the motorist should then proceed in a counter-clockwise direction to the roundabout’s exit point for Route 29 SB.
Other exit points in the roundabout will be for I-295 SB and Route 29 NB/I-295 WB.
Additional details are available at scudderfallsbridge.com