I-5 bridge likely out for months; will delay travel, commerce

With news that there were no deaths from the collapse of a four-lane I-5 bridge over the Skagit River on Thursday evening, May 23, attention turns to investigating the bridge’s failure, and determining what the closure of the busy freeway will mean for travel and commerce in northwest Washington over the next several months.

The interstate is closed in both directions in Skagit County, south of Burlington. Traffic is being diverted off southbound I-5 at Exit 230, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

State officials have posted an alternative route map on WSDOT’s website for travelers to bypass the site of the freeway closure.  

Officials have said it could take several months before a replacement bridge can be built.

As a main transportation artery to and from Whatcom County, the freeway’s closure will have significant impacts for travel and commerce in Bellingham and surrounding communities.

Read more from our partners at The Daily Herald in Everett.

Additional coverage can also be found at www.goskagit.com, the website of the Skagit Valley Herald.

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