Scudder Falls Bridge is opening its first completed span to traffic this Wednesday after two years of construction. Then, tolling will begin for traffic entering Pennsylvania on July 14.
Located on the Delaware River near Lower Makefield, Scudder Falls Bridge connects Pennsylvania and New Jersey with I-295. This new span opening marks the first major milestone for the $534 million dollar project to replace the bridge built in 1959.
The new section opening Wednesday will eventually only carry motorists Westbound into Pennsylvania. However, the overall replacement project will not be complete until 2021.
Tolls will heavily favor motorists with E-ZPass. For people without, cameras will take pictures of license plates and then, in the case of a 2-axel vehicle like a sedan or SUV, will bill the car’s registered owner $2.60 each trip.
Those who have E-ZPass will only be charged $1.25 per trip, but there is a better deal for people frequently using the bridge. Anyone who makes 16 or more trips per month will receive a 40% discount, and the cost goes down to $0.75
While many people are rightfully focused on the new tolls, there are some traffic advisories to keep in mind.
From Jul. 8 to Jul. 11, Scudder Falls will only offer a single lane northbound, from New Jersey, around the clock. Motorists are encourage to use the nearby Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge instead, especially during peak travel times between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Additionally, the Taylorsville Road access ramp toward Newtown will reopen after six weeks of reconstruction on Jul. 10. The same day, motorists from New Jersey will be able to fully access I-295 from Route 29 for the first time since February.
The Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project also created a helpful video to guide people on what to expect for the next five weeks. The video is available here.