Why there? Questions about Philadelphia I-95 Bridge collapse abound. Supply Chain wrecked.

This couldn’t have been picked better if it were a terrorist attack. If a criminal mastermind or enemy had wished to strike at the heart of the East Coast transportation and logistics, this bridge was the sweet spot for utter disruption. It also appears that the driver is missing from the scene.

The official narrative is that a tanker caught on fire and exploded under this important I95 road bridge, causing the northbound lane to collapse and the southbound to be severely compromised.

Work to replace and rebuild will take months. The alternative routes are the massively busy New Jersey Turnpike on NJ side and the slow, traffic-light controlled Route 1 on the Pennsylvania side.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg warned the I-95 bridge collapse in Northeast Philadelphia would cause “major disruption” for regional transportation and commuters. The stretch of I-95 will be closed for at least a month while the bridge is being rebuilt. 

On Monday, Buttigieg addressed the American Council of Engineering Companies in Washington. He said his agency is working with state and local officials to rebuild the bridge and will provide financing and technical support. 

Buttigieg warned summer travel on the I-95 through Philadelphia could be a nightmare.

This is a huge blow to the supply chain. Summer traffic on I-95 from Richmond, VA to Maine is famously choked and slow. Rerouting semis from I-95 will mean massive pressure on alternate routes and many frustrated travelers. The PA governor is touting other routes but this is all lipstick on a pig.

“This is not just about commutes. This is also about supply chains, about 150,000 vehicles a day, and a good percentage of that is trucking. For both vehicle passenger traffic, and for goods moving supply chains, this is going to be a major disruption in that region.” 

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

I-95 is a major artery for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast and the entire East Coast.