Governor Josh Shapiro on Tuesday announced the I-95 will reopen in Northeast Philadelphia ahead of schedule.

On June 21, 2023, a section of I-95 in Philadelphia collapsed, sending cars and debris into the Schuylkill River below. The collapse occurred at approximately 10:30 AM EDT and caused significant damage to the highway and surrounding area.

There were no fatalities in the collapse, but several people were injured. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation, but it is believed to have been caused by a combination of factors, including heavy rains and construction work that was being done on the highway.

The collapse of I-95 caused major traffic disruption in Philadelphia, and it took several days to clear the debris and reopen the highway. The collapse also raised concerns about the safety of other aging infrastructure in the United States.

Here are some of the latest updates on the I-95 collapse:

  • The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the cause of the collapse.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has reopened a portion of I-95, but the full highway is still closed.
  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released $25 million in emergency funding to help with the repairs.
  • The collapse has raised concerns about the safety of other aging infrastructure in the United States.

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