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I-95 fully open in Norwalk, Connecticut, days after dramatic tanker fire. What you need to know for your Monday commute.

The northbound lanes of I-95 will reopen, but the southbound lanes will remain closed


The northbound lanes of I-95 will reopen, but the southbound lanes will remain closed

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NORWALK, Conn. — Interstate 95 reopened in both directions in Norwalk, Connecticut, on Sunday, days after a tanker caught fire And a bridge badly damaged above.

The The northbound lanes reopened Saturday, and Gov. Ned Lamont announced the highway would fully reopen around 10 a.m. Sunday. Officials previously said they hoped to have everything open by the Monday commute.

“It is truly astonishing that in less than 80 hours after that fiery crash on Thursday, which shut down traffic in both directions, the highway is fully open again,” Lamont said in his statement.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation shared a photo on social media with the work carried out between Saturday 9 a.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.

“It takes a village, and from the response of local and state police and fire departments to the environmental cleanup by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the demolition and reconstruction by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and contractors, everyone has their part contributed,” the governor’s statement continued. “I am impressed by these efforts and grateful for the dedication, skill and work of everyone involved.”

A chain reaction crash leads to a massive tanker fire

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Interstate 95 is completely closed to morning traffic in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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Early Thursday morning, authorities said a car swerved into the path of a truck pulling a flatbed truck near the Fairfield Avenue overpass, just past Exit 15 south. The truck then swerved to avoid the car and struck the back of a fuel tanker, which caught fire under the overpass and spilled thousands of gallons of gasoline onto the highway.

Firefighters and hazmat crews responded to control the flames and spill, and officials later said air and water quality in the area was unaffected.

However, the bridge was severely damaged and had to be demolished. DOT crews demolished the bridge on Friday before repairs to the roadway could begin on Saturday.

I-95 was closed in both directions Thursday and Friday, causing major traffic problems for commuters and residual delays on Merritt Parkway, I-84 and I-87.

Fairfield Avenue is expected to remain closed for at least a year while the overpass is replaced.

State of emergency in CT

Lamont declared a state of emergency after the crash, saying the affected stretch of highway typically serves 160,000 vehicles per day.

Drivers received text message alerts to avoid I-95, and trucking companies were told to use I-87 and I-84 instead. Schools in Norwalk were closed Friday, with officials asking companies to let their employees work from home if possible.

“I’m concerned about supply chain issues,” the governor said last Thursday. “I think this will definitely have an impact on local merchants.”

CBS New York spoke with local business owners who said business was slow on Friday.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said his office is exploring loans for affected businesses and seeking to offset the estimated $20 million to repair and reopen the highway.

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