Collapsed I-95 Bridge To Be Repaired "Within Next Two Weeks," Pennsylvania Gov. Says

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by Tyler Durden
Saturday, Jun 17, 2023 - 09:15 PM

Construction crews are working around the clock to rebuild a portion of an Interstate 95 bridge in northeastern Philadelphia that collapsed about a week ago. 

On Saturday morning, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro tweeted that plans are underway to reopen the bridge could be as early as the "next two weeks." 

Today, I can state with confidence: We will have I-95 open within the next two weeks. We are going to get traffic moving again — thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our incredible union trade workers and our all-hands-on-deck approach.

Shapiro declared a disaster emergency shortly after a tanker hauling thousands of gallons of gasoline flipped over on an off-ramp and caught fire underneath the bridge last Sunday. His initial estimates were it could 'take months' to fix the damaged bridge. 

A live stream of the bridge shows construction crews are busy this morning. 

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg warned earlier this week that the bridge's closure was forcing 14,000 trucks to find alternative routes that could snarl East Coast supply chains and raise consumer prices. 

Buttigieg tweeted that this portion of I-95 "is an artery for people and goods," and emergency relief funds are being deployed to fix the bridge. 

On Saturday morning, travel disruptions were seen around the closed-off section of I-95. 

One person on Twitter said, "Has to be a RECORD of when any roadwork gets done in PA. Funny what happens with a little effort."