A long-awaited transportation project that will benefit safety, physical exercise and the environment was celebrated during a Tuesday, Nov. 16 ceremony in Lower Makefield Township.
Officials from the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and many others held a ceremony to dedicate and officially open the Scudder Falls Shared-Use Path that provides a continuous, safe link for bicyclists, walkers and runners between the towpaths along the Delaware & Raritan Canal in New Jersey and the Delaware Canal in Pennsylvania.
The path includes a 1,587-foot long, 10-foot wide segment of the new Scudder Falls Bridge crossing the Delaware River from Lower Makefield into Ewing, N.J., that will allow a non-motorized crossing of the bridge in both directions and does not reuire bicyclists to dismount at any point.
The path was constructed by the DRJTBC under two separate ventures, the Scudder Falls Administration Building Project and the $570 million Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement project. That undertaking, 17 years in the making and almost five years under construction, is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, commission Executive Director Joe Resta said.
Officials at the Nov. 16 ceremony said they believe the bicycle/pedestrian path will have a host of benefits and encourage many residents from both states to spend less time driving and more time in the outdoors walking, running and bicycling.
“I’m beyond excited,” Lower Makefield Supervisor John Lewis said. “To be able to walk across the bridge and visit people in Ewing is huge. What a way to kick off Infrastructure Week.”
Giving people the ability to safely cross from one state to the other without climbing into their vehicles is a tremendous achievement, Pennsylvania Transportation Department Secretary Yassmin Gramian added.
“Transportation needs to work for everyone, whether you walk, bike, drive a car or use public transportation,” she said.