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Philadelphia interstate shut down following barge strike


A Philadelphia interstate has been shut down after a barge broke loose and struck a bridge.

According to WPVI, the barge broke loose last night at approximately 5:00 pm. It floated down the flooded Schuylkill River during Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday and struck the Interstate 676 bridge.

Bridge inspectors are on the scene to look for any structural damages.

PennDOT announced that the bridge and parts of I-676 would remain closed though Thursday afternoon, when the floodwaters are expected to recede.

PennDOT recommends drivers use the following detours:

-Motorists heading to New Jersey: Take I-76 East to the Walt Whitman Bridge;

-I-76 motorists heading to Center City: Exit at the Spring Garden Street or South Street interchanges;

-I-95 South motorists: Travel to Exit 19 and follow Front Street to Pattison Avenue to Broad Street to the I-76 West entrance ramp; and

-I-95 North traffic: Follow I-95 North to I-76 West.


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