I-5 bridge in Skagit County could reopen within weeks

An official with the Washington State Department of Transportation said the agency expects to meet its goal of reopening the Skagit River bridge by the second or third week of June, the Associated Press has reported.

Sections of a temporary replacement bridge over the Skagit River could be in place by the end of this weekend. Once the gap left by the bridge’s collapse on May 23 is filled and additional work is completed, the bridge’s Interstate 5 lanes could be reopened.

The temporary spans are being installed by Acrow Bridges. They will restore two highway lanes running in each direction.

Traffic on I-5 at the bridge has been completely blocked off and re-routed to nearby surface streets since the night of the accident, when a tall truck carrying drill equipment struck several overhead trusses, sparking a chain reaction within the bridge’s structure that caused its deck to tumble into the river, taking with it several vehicles containing people. No fatalities were reported.

Read the Associated Press coverage from our partners at The Daily Herald in Everett.

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