Bad weather delays I-76 cleanup

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">8.4.2009 - Workers limit traffic along the easbound lanes of the Schuylkill Express for cleanup of debris from weekened flooding. One lane will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until at least 2 p.m.</span></div>
August 6, 2009 5:59:37 AM PDT
The Schuylkill Expressway eastbound in the area of the Conshohocken Exit was supposed to be limited today, to help clean up damage from flooding over the weekend. However, rainy weather has forced PennDOT to postpone the project. TRAVEL LINKS:

It was Sunday morning when the skies opened up, the rain came down, and the Schuylkill Expressway flooded out. In fact, those floodwaters covered both sides of the always busy highway.

Then a mudslide carried dirt, debris across the pavement making it a real mess. The washout of the road brought traffic to a halt and stranded motorists for as many as four hours.

In all, just under a thousand feet of roadway was overwhelmed with water, despite a drainage system built into the south Montgomery hillside about two miles east of the Conshohocken exit.

The torrential Sunday rainstorm simply brought more water than the current drainage system can handle. But PennDOT will be taking a closer look to figure out if such flooding can be avoided in the future.

Sunday, heavy equipment worked to move the mud and debris, but the highway is still covered with dirt. So, this morning more heavy equipment will move in to remove all that muck.

The eastbound lanes of I-76 in the area of the flooding have been reduced to one lane from 9:30 a.m. until at least 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wendesday as crews worked to clear the right lane of debris. The work was supposed to continue Thursday, but rainy weather forced it to be delayed. There's no word when the work will be completed.

Motorists are advised to find an alternate route or allow time for travel due to expected backups during work hours.

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