April 2, 2024

Section of I-95 Shuts Down for Days After Truck Hits Bridge

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Once again, a major section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia is shut down following a truck accident.

Authorities anticipate that traffic on I-95 northbound will halt for several days due to a truck colliding with a bridge while carrying a large load on Monday afternoon.

PennDOT reported that a vehicle carrying an oversized cylinder struck an overhead Conrail bridge on I-95 North, just before the Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Avenue Interchange, around 1:30 p.m. Although no injuries were reported, significant damage occurred.

According to PennDOT, I-95 North near the Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Avenue Interchange was initially reduced to a single lane for several hours as Conrail bridge engineers assessed the damage and devised an emergency repair plan. However, it was later determined that I-95 North would remain closed for several days while Conrail’s contractor repaired the bridge.

The northbound lanes were closed at 10:00 p.m. on Monday. This closure has also affected New Jersey Transit’s Atlantic City Rail Line train service, disrupting transportation. Motorists are urged to avoid the closed areas as significant traffic backups and delays are expected on I-95, alternative routes, and nearby surface streets.

To navigate around the closure of I-95 in Philadelphia, PennDOT advises northbound I-95 drivers to use the Betsy Ross/Aramingo Avenue Interchange (Exit 26), turn right on Aramingo Avenue, and then turn right onto Adams Avenue to access the ramp to I-95 North. The ramp from Castor Avenue to northbound I-95 will also be closed and detoured during construction. Motorists will be directed to use Aramingo Avenue to access the ramp to I-95 North at Adams Avenue.

Electronic message boards on various regional transportation routes in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey are being utilized to inform motorists about the closure and suggest alternate routes.

No specific timeline has been provided for the closure duration other than stating that repairs will take “several days.”

This incident follows a recent closure on I-95 in Philadelphia caused by a collapsed section, which was expected to result in a lengthy closure. However, crews implemented an alternative plan and reopened the road in less than two weeks.

For those planning to travel to the Jersey Shore by train, New Jersey Transit has suspended Atlantic City Rail Service in both directions between Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station and Cherry Hill due to the tracks being affected by the bridge strike. Passengers can use NJT bus services or PATCO as alternatives.

NJT’s website stated, “NJ TRANSIT rail tickets and passes are being cross-honored by PATCO, and substitute bus service is being provided between Philadelphia 30th Street and Cherry Hill stations.”

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