It collapsed when a tanker truck crashed and then exploded.
The accident involving a tanker truck caused I-95 to collapse in one of the most important sectors. To expedite this repair and reconnect traffic in the north-south sector, the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) made available an emergency fund of $3 million immediately available.
For its part, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will use them to defray down payments for repair work. This money will not be the only one, the FHWA emergency aid program also has funds to repair the section of Interstate 95.
“Every day counts in this urgent rebuilding project, and the quick release funding is an important step to help PennDOT rebuild the collapsed portion of I-95,” said US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “We will continue to use whatever federal resources we can to help Pennsylvania quickly and safely restore this key artery”.
It should be remembered that 160,000 vehicles traveled through this section of I-95 daily. That is why money is essential to maintain the diversion routes. “PennDOT may also proceed with preliminary engineering, surveys, and design as part of plans to perform permanent restoration work and rebuild that section of I-95”, an official statement detailed.
The accident occurred in the early morning of June 11 when a tanker truck crashed and then exploded under I-95 in Philadelphia. The bridge heading south was severely damaged while the one heading north directly collapsed. In order to re-establish traffic, they must replace the entire section.
“These ‘quick release’ emergency relief funds are an initial release of funds to help restore essential transportation. The additional funds needed to repair the damage to I-95 in Pennsylvania will continue to be supported by the Emergency Assistance program.