The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has announced that the contractor for the multi-faceted, 4-1/2-year long Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project is engaged in a variety of preparatory activities in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but daily travel restrictions along I-95 are not expected for several more weeks.
The lead contractor and several of its subcontractors have carried out a series of land-based tasks in recent weeks as the project slowly intensifies toward the start of in-river construction activities for the new bridge in early July.
To date, the preparatory work has involved shoulder closures or traffic shifts throughout the project area in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. But beginning next week, some short-term lane closures – and one brief localized detour — will be needed to allow work activities on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge.
The project is being staged in a manner to minimize travel impacts to motorists who use the Scudder Falls Bridge and I-95 for their daily job commutes. The current bridge will remain in service until the first span of the replacement bridge is opened to traffic (sometime in 2019). Accordingly, no detours or alternate routes are planned for I-95 on account of the bridge construction staging.
Under the project staging plans, two lanes will continue to be provided in a respective peak travel direction on the bridge and I-95 during weekday commuting periods – 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the northbound direction (PA to NJ) and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the southbound direction (NJ to PA). The contractor may establish single-lane travel patterns on the bridge and I-95 only during off-peak travel periods, which are 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) in the northbound direction and 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. (next day) in the southbound direction. Daily travel restrictions at the bridge and along I-95 still remain weeks away, though.
More information on the bridge replacement project are available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com.