The NJ Route 29 southbound bypass roadway through the I-295/Route 29 interchange (Exit 76) is scheduled to be shut down for 18 months starting mid-day Feb. 24, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced.
The single-lane roadway segment allows Route 29 SB traffic from Washington Crossing, Lambertville, and other points north to bypass the interchange’s ramps and roundabouts for travel toward Trenton. During the closure period, affected traffic will be diverted through a portion of those ramps and roundabouts for reconnection with mainline Route 29 SB on the downstream side of the interchange.
Traffic on the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge, both directions of I-295, and Route 29 NB is not expected to be affected by this long-duration roadway closure.
The upcoming planned shutdown of the NJ Route 29 SB bypass is needed to advance a series of construction activities for the ongoing Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project. This Stage 2 work includes the demolition and removal of the old Scudder Falls Bridge, the construction of the replacement bridge’s second span (downstream), and the erection of an elevated ramp and connecting pathway to/from the shared-use bicycle/pedestrian walkway on the new bridge’s first completed span (upstream).
The 18-month duration is needed because these project construction activities will be taking place in a confined area between Route 29 and the river, extending from an area south of the bridge to slightly north of an overpass that carries Route 29 SB across Route 175/Upper River Road, the Delaware & Raritan Canal, and the canal’s towpath. The closure of the southbound bypass roadway will provide sufficient space for movements and storage of construction equipment and materials while enhancing worker safety in the process.
Once established, the Route 29 SB bypass closure is projected to remain in place until roughly mid-August 2021. At that point, the second completed bridge span is expected to come on line.
The elevated access ramp and connector path between New Jersey Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath and the upstream bridge’s shared-use bicycle/pedestrian path also is anticipated to be completed and opened for use around this time.