PA Gov Announces Plan To Repair Collapsed Interstate

Philadelphia’s Fox affiliate reports:

On Wednesday, Governor Josh Shapiro announced the demolition of the southbound lanes, which were found to be unsafe after the collapse of the northbound lanes, will be completed by Thursday. He says the first step after demolition will be to backfill the area and pave it to allow motorists to return to the roadway with three lanes on each side of the interstate.

“This approach will allow us to avoid delays through the shipment and supply chain issues and pursue a simple, quicker path,” Shapiro said.

“Once complete, cars and trucks can return to this stretch of I-95 and then we will work together to build a permanent bridge while making sure we keep six lanes of traffic open at all times.” Officials did not give a specific timeframe for when the roadway is expected to reopen for motorists.

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Shapiro says that a Philadelphia-based construction company has been awarded the contract and is prepared to work 24/7 until completion. Also today, authorities confirmed the identity of the truck driver killed in the crash.