In the darkness the charred bridge 1-81 bridge is illuminated with lights. Crews are preparing to demolish the structure after it was consumed by the heat of a fiery oil tanker Thursday morning. PennDOT has now announced plans to ease Friday morning's commute.
By midnight they are hoping to open the 11/15 exit off of I- 81 to allow drivers to cross the George Wade Bridge. Before rush hour begins PennDot will also prepare to reopen the ramps for interchanges 944/Wartzville Road/Exit 61.
Even with the assistance by PennDOT, morning delays are expected.
After fighting traffic all afternoon, a local commuter named Colleen, finally threw in the towel.
She decided instead, to watch as tractor trailers struggled to make it through the linglestown circle diversion.
Cocktail in hand, of course.
"I was like, 'You know what? There's outdoor seating. We will walk up and see the activity going on'," she said.
But every happy hour has to come to an end.
"We know how bad is it going to be at this intersection, how bad is it going to be on 83," said Ted Wise, while pointing at a traffic map inside the Cumberland County Emergency Operations Center.
They will have staff members on call all night.
"Everyone thinks they have a secret route but that secret route can't handle the flow of traffic," said Wise.
Before the morning commute they'll have communicated with municipalities, police. the state, and even trucking and transportation companies from out-of-state.
The point is; their job is logistics and that is an ever changing game. If something were to change overnight and block one of their re-routes. They would have to devise another - and fast.