19 June 2023- Sunday marked one week since a vehicle fire led to the collapse of a section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, and thanks to the hard work and dedication of the crews onsite and continued collaboration between state, federal and local government, the Shapiro Administration expects the roadway will reopen within the next two weeks.
“Our teams are working around the clock to get these repairs done efficiently and safely,” said PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll.
Progress on Interim Repair Continues Over the Weekend
Crews continue to make headway on the interim roadway, which will open temporary travel lanes on I-95, three in each direction, while work proceeds to rebuild the outer sections of the permanent bridge. The process to fill in the roadway in the area of the collapse with a specially designed, Pennsylvania-made recycled glass aggregate is expected to conclude within the next day or two. Once fill is complete, eight inches of modified sub-base will be installed, edge and median barrier will be installed, and the transition between the new roadway and existing lanes will be prepped. Paving operations will begin soon after. Equipment is being staged and mobilized for next steps and work continues.
At the Philadelphia International Airport yesterday, Governor Shapiro, along with key members of his Cabinet – PEMA Director Randy Padfield, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Chris Paris, and Secretary of Transportation Mike Carroll – briefed the President on the initial response, the reconstruction plan, and the continued coordination between all levels of government. During the briefing, Governor Shapiro announced that the roadway would reopen within the next two weeks.