WATCH: John Oliver Talks About Philly’s Crumbling Infrastructure
We missed this earlier in the week, but it’s worth revisiting — John Oliver’s rant about the state of American infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.) features a few Philly examples and a couple of Ed Rendell cameos. But the funniest Philly moment comes below, at 6:38 in the video:
The Inquirer told the story originally back in 2008:
On Monday afternoon, engineers Peter Kim and Tony Jen, on their way back to their office after a long day inspecting the Schuylkill Expressway, pulled off I-95 in Port Richmond for some late lunch at a takeout. After eating sausage sandwiches in their car, they drove north on Richmond Street.
Something caught Kim’s eye.
“Oh, my gosh,” Kim said.
There it was: a huge crack in a column supporting the six lanes of I-95 overhead.
Kim took pictures on his cell-phone camera and called PennDot immediately. It was about 4:30 p.m. In two hours, the cracked column was swarming with state officials and contract engineers, who shared Kim’s alarm. They concluded that the city’s busiest highway had to be shut down immediately.
Oliver notes that if Philly’s safety depended on inspectors here craving sausage sandwiches: “We were always going to be fine.”