Jun 11, 2024 - News

How much the I-95 collapse in Philadelphia cost to repair

A bird's eye view of the reconstructed I-95 in Philadelphia.

A bird's eye view of the reconstructed I-95 in Philadelphia. Photo: Courtesy of PennDOT

Tuesday is the first anniversary of the I-95 collapse, a tragedy that snarled traffic for weeks on one of the East Coast's busiest highways.

Why it matters: The wreckage, caused by a tanker bursting into flames underneath a section of the highway, affected commerce and upended the lives of Philadelphians and commuters.

Driving the news: Workers are putting the final touches on the project to fully restore the highway, expected to be completed this summer, PennDOT spokesperson Brad Rudolph tells Axios.

  • Repairs have cost $16.7 million so far, including nearly $5 million on a temporary fix enabling the highway to reopen to traffic less than two weeks after the collapse, Rudolph said. The federal government is covering most of that amount.
  • PennDOT will update the cost after the project is complete.

Catch up quick: Gov. Josh Shapiro declared an emergency following the collapse, which took the life of trucker Nathaniel Moody.

  • Officials expected it would take months to fix the highway, used by more than 160,000 vehicles daily.
  • But traffic flowed again 12 days later after crews worked around the clock to construct a temporary six-lane bridge out of recyclable glass material.

By the numbers: The rebuild has taken roughly 47,556 hours to complete, per PennDOT, with crews using:

  • 900 linear feet of piping
  • 2,150 cubic yards of concrete
  • 275 tons of steel, and
  • 120 tons of rebar

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the I-95 restoration project will be complete this summer (not this month).

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