3 Reasons Traveling in the Philly Region Is About to Hurt

Road work and labor problems could create headaches.

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.”

[The Inquirer]


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  • buzzbye

    As far as SEPTA? COmmy Obammy will most likely step in due to the amount of construction and possible massive delays all the addtitional traffic it will cause.

    • Bob

      If Obama were a communist, (like you seem to be trying to imply) he would not not only allow the strike, he would pay them to strike. He also would probably order Septa to agree to the striker’s demands under the threat of having their management exiled to Alaska’s wilderness (Our version of Siberia.)

    • poyski

      The neoconservatives never let facts get in their way. They just like to throw it around and see what sticks. We spend much too much time listening to their vacuous rants. They’re just immature children who always got their way and have no problem stepping on anyone who gets in their way.

  • Kenbo

    Wouldn’t it be great, if in 2018, when this I-95, $212 MILLION-project is (maybe) completed, that we had a World-Class highway? But it will still be the same crappy road, backed up EVERY single day. It’s an amateur highway for what has become an amateur city. Until at LEAST another lane is added, you’d be crazy to want to locate your business in this city. Your trucks would sit on the road every day, idling, costing you money. But at least you could cruise down Woodhaven Road, right? Oh, right. And yes, I know that it is a Federal highway, but it only gets done with the City’s say-so. And PennDOT has actually tried to get Woodhaven Road completed, but can’t get the local residents in Philly and Lower Moreland to agree to it. Our City Council is more concerned with getting more drivers on the road stoned, than taking on the big projects. Seems like we get what we deserve, but that doesn’t make it sad..

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