The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced a variety of field activities are expected to get underway in coming days for the impending installation of noise abatement walls along the Pennsylvania I-95 approach to the Scudder Falls Bridge.
Pre-construction field activities will consist of construction layout/surveying, initial sign placements, installation of access measures for designated noise wall areas, and grubbing and stump removal in areas cleared of trees under a prior contract. These activities are expected to be carried out over the next 2-1/2 weeks. If all goes according to schedule, the contractor would then be in a position to begin setting noise-wall foundations along I-95 after the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The advance noise wall contract for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project involves the construction of six sections of noise walls along I-95 northbound and southbound between the I-95/PA State Route 332 Interchange and the I-95/Taylorsville Road Interchange. The noise walls will have an approximate total length of 12,500 feet. The advance contract also includes the installation of a new Peregrine Falcon Shelter in the vicinity of the bridge and the installation of bird deterrents beneath the current Scudder Falls Bridge.
A series of shoulder closures and off-peak single-lane closures will be needed along I-95 to allow for work-zone setup and eventual construction activities. Two-lane travel is to be maintained during all peak commuter travel periods.
Noise walls are already in place along a significant portion of the project area in New Jersey. Additional noise walls in Pennsylvania and New Jersey will be constructed in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge as part of that multi-faceted project contract.
The Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project involves a heavily commuted 4.4-mile portion of the I-95 corridor extending from the Route 332/Yardley-Newtown Road interchange (exit 49) in Bucks County, PA. and the Bear Tavern Road/Route 579 interchange (exit 2) in Mercer County, N.J. The congestion-prone highway segment is a choke point for job-commuter traffic between Bucks County, PA. and Central Jersey.