The opening of the PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange flyovers will complete I-95’s “missing link.” As such, I-95 will be re-routed along the PA Turnpike from the new interchange in Bristol, PA over the Delaware River Bridge into New Jersey, and north along the New Jersey Turnpike to meet where the northern stem of I-95 currently begins in New Jersey today. In conjunction with this I-95 designation, the current I-95 segment north of the PA Turnpike needed to be redesignated as I-295 -- from the PA Turnpike, through Bucks County, PA, crossing the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey at US 1 / I-295.
Representatives from federal, state and regional transportation agencies coordinated with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)’s Special Committee on US Route Numbering. The Committee felt that an even-numbered designation, indicating a beltway/loop configuration, was more appropriate, as the conversion will connect the expanded I-295 with I-95 in both Wilmington, DE and in Bristol, PA. An odd-numbered designation does not apply here as odd-numbered interstate numbering is reserved for spur routes.
I-295’s southernmost terminus will remain at I-95 in Wilmington, DE. The interstate has been signed with the North/South cardinal directions in New Jersey to the Scudder Falls Bridge along the Delaware River upstream of Trenton. At that point, I-295 continues into Pennsylvania, designated as I-295 East/West until its new termination point at the PA Turnpike/I-95 interchange.
The Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering felt that similar to I-240 in Memphis and I-285 in Atlanta, the switch in cardinal directions would mitigate the potential for confusion based on the physical route and circuitous nature of the route’s physical geometry.
Because I-95 will be re-routed onto the PA Turnpike east of the new interchange in Bristol, Pennsylvania, cars traveling to destinations further north (I-95 thru traffic) can utilize this new route to remain on I-95. The PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange project has been designed to accommodate this anticipated increased traffic flow.
There are no future tolling changes associated with this redesignation conversion. Within the re-signing limits, a westbound toll (implemented in January, 2016) is collected via E-ZPass and Toll by Plate along the Turnpike Connector Bridge across the Delaware River.
New Jersey residents who currently use I-295 to I-95 South via the Scudder Falls Bridge for interstate travel can continue to use the same physical routes. However, I-95 South in New Jersey has been redesignated as (a continuation of) I-295 North across the Scudder Falls Bridge, where it now changes to I-295 West in Pennsylvania, meeting I-95 South to the PA Turnpike. Once the redesignation is complete, I-295 West will continue, replacing the I-95 South designation completely, to the PA Turnpike. For a full list of interchange exit number changes, please find a comprehensive graphic here.
Pennsylvania residents who currently use I-95 North and the Scudder Falls Bridge for interstate travel can continue to use the same physical routes. However, after the execution of the re-signing is completed, I-95 North in Pennsylvania above the PA Turnpike will be designated as I-295 East to the Scudder Falls Bridge. Upon crossing into New Jersey, the designation changes to I-295 South, which can be traveled throughout the state of New Jersey to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. For a full list of interchange exit number changes, please find a comprehensive graphic here.
The physical improvements/construction associated with the renumbering include overlays on existing sign panels in addition to new sign panels and/or new sign structures where required by design standards.
Yes. You may have already noticed that several of the mapping applications are currently showing the new designation for I-295 North/South on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls bridge, resulting from the signing that has already taken place. The agencies’ representatives have continue to coordinate with mapping/navigation applications’ representatives to facilitate the implementation of the change. Additionally, as the applications are user-based, this has helped to dynamically transition the change in the interstates’ designations. To supplement the changes, “old exit” numbers and portable message signs will be utilized throughout the transition time period.
None of the construction activities associated with the redesignation will require traffic detours.
Detailed information for each agency/project can be found by clicking the links in FAQs 14 through 17 below.
To date, the redesignation signing changes along I-295 in New Jersey have been completed. This includes the extension of I-295 North/South from its previous terminus at Route 1 to the Scudder Falls bridge. Additionally, the I-295 conversion has continued over the Scudder Falls bridge where it changes to I-295 East/West. The singing changes have been completed up to the Taylorsville Road (New Hope/Yardley) Interchange. Over the next few months, the signing changes will continue to convert I-95 North/South to I-295 East/West down to the PA Turnpike. The comprehensive exit number changes of the interchanges to be re-signed, can be found here.
Additional information on the PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange Project is listed on the project’s website.
Additional information on the Scudder Falls Bridge Project, for which the redesignation signing activities have completed, is listed on the project’s website.
Additional information on the NJDOT Redesignation Signing Project, for which the redesignation signing activities have completed, is listed here.