A recent video highlighted the five-year project that saw major updates made to the much-used Scudder Falls Bridge.
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission began the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project in 2017 and officially completed the project on Oct. 31, 2022. Connecting Bucks County to New Jersey, the bridge is regularly used by residents on both sides of the Delaware River to commute to work and to travel even farther distances, such as New York.
The project’s main goal was to alleviate recurring traffic congestion in the area while upgrading safety and traffic conditions for commuters.
“The centerpiece element of the project was the replacement of a nearly 60-year-old “functionally obsolete” riveted plate-girder bridge that had fracture-critical pins and hangers,” the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission said online.
“The new crossing is a dual-structure continuous multi-girder steel bridge with increased through-traffic capacity, auxiliarly lanes for accelerating/decelerating traffic at flanking interchanges, shoulders, and a shared-use (pedestrians and bicyclists) walkway.”
In the deconstruction of the older parts of the bridge, the granite and steel were carefully removed so as not to fall into the river. Most of that material will be broken up and melted down to be recycled for other construction projects.
Learn more about the massive project and how it is affecting travel at the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.