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Officials confirm I-95 will reopen with temporary fix ahead of schedule this weekend despite rain

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PHILADELPHIA - Officials in Pennsylvania confirmed Wednesday that Interstate 95 will reopen this weekend, less than two weeks after a gasoline tanker crash and fire caused the roadway to collapse."Based on the tremendous progress these crews made over the weekend and the time it takes to complete the remaining steps, I can now say that we will have I-95 back open this weekend," Governor Josh Shapiro said.

Shapiro and PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll lauded the "round the clock" work of road crews to complete the expedited project ahead of schedule.

A section of the northbound lanes of the elevated highway collapsed early June 11 after a tractor-trailer hauling gasoline flipped over on an off-ramp and caught fire.

State transportation officials said the driver, who was killed, lost control around a curve. The resulting damage necessitated demolition of the southbound lanes as well, officials said.Pennsylvania’s plan for a quick interim fix has involved trucking in 2,000 tons of lightweight recycled glass nuggets to fill in the collapsed area, avoiding supply-chain delays for other materials, officials said.

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PHILADELPHIA - The collapsed stretch of I-95 is reopening sooner than expected, as Governor Josh Shapiro and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Mike Carroll will officially reopen the highway at noon Friday.Festivities will begin 10:30 with the governor and Carroll, along with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Building Trades members and contractors, with the official reopening set for noon.PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll says teams have been working on the rebuilding process and thinking outside of the box to get the interstate back open. >> I-95 Philadelphia collapse: What you need to know about the damaged highway, reconstruction"We, PennDOT, have approached this challenge and our partners in the city, we wanted to think outside the box. We wanted to make sure that we employed every strategy we could think of to try and get I-95 open in both directions," Carroll said. Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Mike Carroll discusses how crews will use a NASCAR jet dryer from Pocono Raceway to help finish working on I-95 through a stretch of rainy days.Here's what you need to know about the temporary lanes that make up the roadway: The roadway is made up of high-tech, lightweight and durable aggregate created by AeroAggregates in Eddystone.
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