A three-mile stretch of Interstate 95 just north of downtown Philadelphia was shut down in both directions Tuesday, March 18, and is expected to remain closed for at least two days. Rush hour traffic was backed up for miles Tuesday morning according to local media reports.
The Associated Press reported that a 6-foot crack in a concrete pillar supporting the interstate prompted the closure. Concrete at the top of the column is crumbling, reinforcing rods are visible from the street below, and brick-sized chunks of concrete have fallen around the base of the pillar.
The most highly trafficked highway on the East Coast, the section of I-95 that passes through the city was built in the 1960s and carries about 190,000 vehicles a day, a PennDot spokesman said.