It’s not just a question of safety and security, Obama says. He sees it as a matter of keeping the country competitive with the rest of the world.
DelDOT officials say the agency missed several opportunities to close the tilting I-495 bridge before June. The finding is part of an internal investigation released Thursday.
The SEPTA transit strike comes as roadwork takes place in several areas in the region. AAA Mid-Atlantic is offering travel tips.
Progress is being made at the bridge site with crews working around the clock on 12-hour shifts. New equipment arrived on site Friday, and DelDOT says crews have hit the ground running.
The plan involves planting new supports down into the bedrock under the river bed, using powerful jacks to level the span, and, in some cases, removing and replacing the structures immediately under the bridge surface.
Delaware US Senator Chris Coons touring the site around the I-495 bridge, says $2-million in initial emergency federal funds have been made available.
Eyewitness News reporter Jan Carabeo was able to speak with the engineering consulting company that tipped DelDOT off to this problem in the first place.