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I-95 Closure Illustrates National Concern


The closing of a stretch of Interstate 95 in Pennsylvania this week demonstrates once again the tremendous unmet transportation needs facing the country.

Statement by John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director

The closing of a stretch of Interstate 95 in Pennsylvania this week demonstrates once again the tremendous unmet transportation needs facing the country.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ordered a two-mile section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia closed on Tuesday after a large crack was found in a support pillar in the viaduct carrying the interstate. The section of Intestate 95 carries 180,000 vehicles a day.

We commend PennDOT for its quick action to close the interstate and start repairs that allowed the highway to reopen today. PennDOT worked closely with the City of Philadelphia to set up detours during the closure.

This event illustrates the enormous need nationwide for additional investment in transportation infrastructure. According to the National Bridge Investment Analysis System (NBIAS), the investment backlog for bridge repair is estimated to be at least $32.1 billion (in 2004 dollars.)

We must invest in building and maintaining sound, safe and environmentally sensitive highways and bridges or be willing to face more inconvenience, increased traffic congestion, lost time and productivity.