Portion of I-81 could be open to traffic again Tuesday

Written by The Associated Press | May 13, 2013 11:55 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Interstate 81 could be reopened tomorrow morning following last week's tanker fire that damaged a ramp over the highway in Dauphin County.

PennDOT says the plan is to have I-81 will ready for the morning commute on Tuesday.

The interstate has been shut down since last Thursday when a tanker carrying diesel fuel overturned and burst into flames. The intense heat buckled steel beams and damaged the road so badly officials feared it could collapse onto the interstate.

Long-term repairs could take months and traffic restrictions will remain in place while the damage is assessed.

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