The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission says the removal of the old Scudder Falls Bridge’s nearly 60-year-old steel superstructure is poised to enter a new phase requiring daytime closures along a small segment of PA Route 32/River Road on the Pennsylvania side– starting Wednesday, October 2.
Four spans of the old 10-span bridge’s superstructure have already been removed on the New Jersey side of the river. The demolition work has now progressed to the Pennsylvania side, where a land-based span’s steel work is now undergoing removal.
The demolition is expected to progress to a second Pennsylvania span that is partially across land and water. To carry out this work, PA Route 32/River Road will need to be closed 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, to Friday, Oct. 4, between the Woodside Road/River Road intersection in Lower Makefield and the East Afton Avenue/South Delaware Avenue intersection in Yardley. The steel structural members to be removed include main plate girder sections, cross beams, floor beams and stringers. Traffic on I-295 will not be affected by this work.
While bridge demolition is moving steadily, the project contractor is simultaneously advancing preparations on the New Jersey side to construct the new bridge’s second span. (The first completed span of the new Scudder Falls Toll Bridge opened to traffic late at night on July 9.) Work crews have demolished the old bridge’s land-based pier on the New Jersey side. Excavation behind the old bridge’s New Jersey abutment also is underway. Demolition of the old NJ abutment is expected to occur next week.