The Philadelphia region is on the verge of experiencing some pretty big travel-related headaches. Three reasons, all of which may come to fruition this weekend:
• New construction on I-95: “The $212 million project between Girard and Allegheny Avenues will last until 2018, adding to the woes of I-95 travelers already slowed by major reconstruction at Cottman Avenue.”
• A possible strike this weekend by SEPTA’s Regional Rail workers: “SEPTA locomotive engineers and railroad electrical workers have said they plan to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, following SEPTA’s decision to impose management’s terms to settle a long-running labor dispute.” The two sides have a last-ditch meeting Friday morning to try to avert the shutdown.
• The summer-long closure of the I-495 bridge in Delaware: Round-the-clock work on repairs to the tilting bridge could result in only a partial re-opening by Labor Day.
The result? “Hundreds of thousands of commuters, vacationers, and business travelers face daily delays as drivers seeking alternate routes spill onto other highways.”