I-95 closure expected to last 'a number of months'

Updated Jun 15, 2023

Update -- Monday, June 12, 10 a.m. Eastern: Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro in a press release Sunday night said "the complete rebuilding of the I-95 roadway is expected to take a number of months." 

Shapiro said his administration "will have a more exact timeline in the coming days" after engineers review the damage. The governor also plans to issue a disaster declaration that will allow the state to immediately draw down federal funds and move quicker to begin the repair and reconstruction process.

“Interstate 95 is a critical artery that supports our economy and plays an important role in Pennsylvanians’ day to day lives. My administration is all hands on deck to repair this safely and as efficiently as possible,” Shapiro said. “We will rebuild and recover -- and in the meantime, we will make sure people can get to where they need to go safely.”

The most up-to-date information from the Pennsylvania DOT, including detour routes, can be found here. The city of Philadelphia also has a page dedicated to closure information.

Original story follows:

Interstate 95 in northeast Philadelphia is closed in both directions after a suspected tanker truck caught fire beneath an I-95 bridge Sunday morning, leading to the collapse of the northbound bridge. The southbound bridge is also compromised, according to reports.

According to the city of Philadelphia website, the interstate is closed between the Woodhaven and Aramingo exits in both directions. The city is currently suggesting the following detour routes: 

  • I-95 Southbound: Route 63 West (Woodhaven Road), U.S. 1 South, I-76 East, I-676 East
  • I-95 Northbound: I-676 West, I-76 West, U.S. 1 North to Route 63 East (Woodhaven Road)

The condition of the truck's driver has not been reported as off 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Sunday.

[Related: Pennsylvania I-95 collapse: Truck-safe detours and alternate routes]

This post will be updated when more information comes available.




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