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One year after NJ freeway wall collapse, drivers await answers

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Aerial footage of the Direct Connection I-295 retaining wall collapse in Bellmawr. The NJDOT identified water issues under the foundation as a contributing factor to the wall failure, but the results of a forensic engineering report are still pending. A repair is being designed and could begin in 2022. Bellmawr, NJ January 25, 2022.André Malok | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Nearly a year ago, a retaining wall in Bellmawr along the southbound lanes of I-295 that supported a causeway collapsed. No one was hurt when it happened in the early morning hours of March 25, 2021, but residents, commuters and lawmakers await the final verdict on what happened, who was responsible for the collapse and the plan to fix it in a promised forensic. engineering report.

Known as Wall 22, the collapsed section was part of the $900 million Direct Connection Project to reduce traffic congestion and accidents at the junction of I-295, I-76 and Route 42 in the Bellmawr, Mount Ephraim and Gloucester City areas. The massive project has been under construction in phases since 2013 and is part of a critical route to and from Philadelphia.