As plans proceed to widen the Scudder Falls Bridge and convert it to a toll bridge, a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday on the latest assessment of traffic impacts.

The busy bridge connects Pennsylvania and New Jersey north of Yardley and Trenton.

The new assessment concludes that motorists seeking to avoid the new tolls would not increase congestion on nearby roads and bridges.

The analysis suggests the rebuilt bridge would reduce regional traffic congestion because motorists would find the bridge "a more attractive travel alternative, even with a toll."

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has not determined how much the one-way (Pennsylvania-bound) toll will be. The new study used both a $1 toll and a $3 toll in its review.

Current plans call for all tolls to be paid electronically via E-ZPass. Cars without E-ZPass are to be photographed, and their owners billed by mail. An administrative fee is to be charged all drivers without E-ZPass.

That administrative fee has not been set, but the new study assumed a fee of $3.50 per trip for motorists who had not registered their license plates with the bridge commission and $1.75 per trip for motorists who registered.

A construction date has not been set for the $322 million widening project.

The public hearing is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, 400 Oxford Valley Rd., Langhorne.

The latest analysis can is available on the Internet at

Copies of the document are also available at the following locations:

Lower Makefield Township Municipal Building, 1100 Edgewood Rd., Yardley.

Ewing Township Municipal Clerk's Office, 2 Jake Garzio Dr., Ewing.

The Yardley-Makefield branch of the Bucks County Free Library, 1080 Edgewood Rd., Lower Makefield Township.

The Mercer County Library, Ewing Branch, 61 Scotch Rd., Ewing.

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission administration building, 110 Wood and Grove Streets, Morrisville.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 6 headquarters, 7000 Geerdes Blvd., King of Prussia.

Comments can be made until Jan. 3 by:


Postal mail: Kevin Skeels, senior program area manager, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, 110 Wood and Grove Streets, Morrisville, Pa. 19067.

In person: At the public hearing.