Revamping I-95: Bill to Extend Emergency Demolition and Reconstruction Proclamation Moves Forward

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PENNSYLVANIA — A bill authored by state Rep. Ed Neilson, advanced out of the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, which would extend Gov. Josh Shapiro’s emergency proclamation for the demolition and rebuilding of I-95 in Northeast Philadelphia.

“I am grateful for my colleagues on the House Transportation Committee who voted to help all of Pennsylvania by ensuring the speedy and safe reconstruction of I-95,” Neilson said. “I-95 is such an important road, not only in Philadelphia, but the entire East Coast, and we need to extend the emergency proclamation for at least a year to ensure the project is fully funded and completed.”

On June 12, Shapiro issued an emergency disaster proclamation to obtain federal funding and expedite the demolition and reconstruction of Interstate 95 between the Woodhaven and Aramingo exits in Philadelphia. This emergency proclamation will expire in 21 days due to an amendment added to the Pennsylvania Constitution by House and Senate Republicans during the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid supposed overreach by former Gov. Tom Wolf.

Neilson’s legislation would extend Shapiro’s proclamation to one year and it now moves to the full House for a vote.

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