PHIA News Digest – Vol. 8, No. 25

June 23, 2023

I-95 update: Construction moving quickly, roadway will reopen within two weeks

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the crews onsite and continued collaboration between state, federal and local government, the Shapiro administration expects the roadway will reopen within the next two weeks.

U.S. DOT announces $3 million in ‘quick release’ emergency relief

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration today announced the immediate availability of $3 million in “quick release” emergency relief funds for use as a down payment by PennDOT to offset costs of repair work on a section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. More funding is available through the FHWA’s Emergency Relief program.

U.S. infrastructure priorities tested after highway collapse

Cutting an unimpeded path nearly 2,000 miles from Maine to Florida, Interstate 95 is one of the biggest achievements of the federal interstate highway program. It’s the main transportation artery of the East Coast, connecting about 40 percent of the country’s population and economy on just a tenth of its land.

I-95 rebuild: Step by step, Philly’s plan to fix the highway

There’s still no estimate of how long the highway rebuild might take, but there’s a big push to make it happen fast.

PA state rep pushes for extension of emergency proclamation

State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., chair of the PA House Transportation Committee, introduced House Resolution 154 on Friday, which seeks to extend Gov. Josh Shapiro’s emergency proclamation for the safe and prompt rebuilding of Interstate 95, one of the busiest highways in Pennsylvania, carrying an average of 160,000 vehicles daily.

Federal officials warn I-95 collapse could affect shipping across East Coast

Following a tour of the site, Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the deadly crash that has shut down the highway in both directions since Sunday morning is having “an outsized impact on commuters and on goods movement up and down the I-95 corridor.”

Buttigieg says U.S. ‘green corridors’ initiative will cut shipping industry emissions

An American push to establish “green shipping corridors” is key to reducing carbon emissions from the shipping industry, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Monday while touring the port of Yokohama near Tokyo.


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