Philadelphia I-95 Collapse Disrupts Baltimore County Commutes: MDTA Recommends Detours
BALTIMORE COUNTY - A roadway collapse on Interstate 95 in northeast Philadelphia on Sunday resulted in a complete highway shut down in both directions, leading to potential travel disruptions for Baltimore County residents.
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) are monitoring the situation and have posted warnings on overhead digital signs along the interstate, advising motorists to consider alternative routes. For those traveling on I-95, Route 40 has been suggested as a viable detour.
MDTA advises motorists that recommended routes may change as the situation progresses and that motorists should follow posted detour signs or check the CHART Incident tool for real-time traffic conditions.
The Associated Press reports that authorities still need to establish a timeline for repairs and reopening the road. At a press conference on Monday, Pennsylvania's Governor, Josh Shapiro, mentioned that a complete reconstruction of the collapsed section could take several months.
The incident occurred on Sunday morning when a tanker truck carrying hundreds of gallons of gasoline caught fire beneath an elevated section of the northbound lanes of I-95 in northeast Philadelphia. The fire led to the collapse of the overpass.
According to the Philadelphia Fire Department, both southbound lanes were compromised due to the heat from the fire.
In the aftermath of the collapse, I-95 is closed in both directions between Woodhaven and Aramingo exits in northeast Philadelphia. Southbound travelers in Philadelphia have been detoured onto Route 63, U.S. 1, Interstate 76, and then to Interstate 676 to bypass the closure.
Northbound travelers on I-95 have been advised to follow the same detour in reverse order.
The MDTA and SHA have suggested US-40 as an alternative route to I-95 for travel within Maryland. Given the current situation, travelers should expect congestion on these alternate routes as they approach Philadelphia.
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