Roads, Bridges, SEPTA, and Sidewalks Are a Complete Mess Today
This morning’s freezing rain is wreaking havoc on the area’s roadways. Major portions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike are closed or at a standstill, and all bridges between Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been affected by flash icing, with some remaining closed as crews apply salt.
As of 11 a.m. Sunday, here’s where things stand:
- I-76 between Morgantown and Delaware River Bridge is closed down in both directions from milepost 302 westbound due to icy conditions.
- I-476 between Quakertown and Mid-County is stopped due to icy conditions and motorists should avoid the area and expect delays.
- The Ben Franklin Bridge, which was closed earlier this morning, is open in both directions with speeds posted at 25 mph.
- The Commodore Barry Bridge, which was closed earlier this morning, is open with two lanes in each direction and speeds posted at 15 mph.
- The Betsy Ross Bridge is open eastbound to New Jersey only.
- The Walt Whitman Bridge is open eastbound to New Jersey only with speeds posted at 25 mph.
- All SEPTA bus service was suspended until 11 a.m. due to icy conditions. Expect delays as service resumes.
- Accidents have impacted most major roadways this morning, including 95, 495, 76, 476, 676 and 202. Use caution and expect delays. Check PennDOT’s 511 Philadelphia Twitter for the latest in Philly, New Jersey’s 511 site in the Garden State, and DelDOT’s Twitter in Delaware.
- SEPTA regional rail service, including trains to the airport (some of which have been canceled), are experiencing delays.
- The National Weather Service reports that a freezing rain advisory remains in effect through noon in the Philadelphia region and through 1 p.m. north of the Philadelphia region: ” A freezing rain advisory means that periods of freezing rain or freezing drizzle will cause traffic difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.”
- Philadelphia International Airport reports that the weather may be impacting flights and that travelers should call 1-800-PHL-GATE to check flight status. Ramps to the airport are reportedly salted and in good condition.
- We have reports of extremely slick sidewalks, so be careful when walking outside and please salt your walks and paths.