Fallen Washington Bridge Fix Now Open
MOUNT VERNON, WA — The temporary bridge replacement on Washington State Interstate-5 is now open, following weeks of repairs after a section of the bridge collapsed on May 23.
The Skagit River bridge will have a 40 mile-per-hour speed limit on the temporary replacement. Regular-sized freight loads will be allowed on the bridge, however, over-sized or over-weight loads must follow a posted detour around the area.
“Roughly 99 percent of the car and truck traffic will be able to cross the I-5 bridge again,” said Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Secretary Lynn Peterson. “This will dramatically reduce the congestion through Mount Vernon and Burlington, and hopefully bring some much-needed normalcy back to our communities.”??
The I-5 is the only north-south interstate route in Washington with over 70,000 vehicles travelling on the route every day.
A permanent solution is just beginning construction and will be ready some time in October. A small section of I-5 will be closed for approximately two weeks while the permanent span is fitted.
At the end of May, an over-height vehicle (with proper approval from the state) struck a support truss on the bridge leading to a section to collapse in to the river below. Three people were injured as a result, but none of the injuries were life threatening.
For more information on the project from WSDOT, visit their website.
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