Federal highway officials have given the green light for final design and construction of a toll bridge to replace the free Scudder Falls Bridge on I-95 between Bucks and Mercer Counties.
The Federal Highway Administration determined the proposed $328 million, nine-lane, 180-foot-wide toll bridge would have "no significant impact" on the human environment around the bridge.
That finding clears the way for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission to proceed with final design, which could take 18 months to complete. Construction is slated to start in September 2014 and could take three to four years, the commission said.
The commission was notified of the FHWA finding Monday.