Skagit River Bridge Re-Opens Wednesday
Nearly four weeks after part of the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate Five collapsed, drivers will be able to drive over it again. A temporary span will re-open to traffic on Wednesday.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson toured the construction site today to see the progress first-hand.
Finishing touches are being put on the temporary bridge. Inspections are needed before cars can drive over it. There will be new speed and weight limits, and it will be narrower with lanes just 11' wide.
Crews will next start building a permanent bridge alongside the current one. That should be complete this fall at a cost of $18 million.
A truck with an oversized load hit a beam on the bridge May 23rd, sending cars into the water.
Around 71,000 vehicles cross the bridge between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. each day.