Work begins on temporary I-5 bridge replacement

Construction of a temporary bridge span to replace the collapsed section of the Skagit River Bridge along Interstate 5 began on Tuesday, May 29, while National Transportation Safety Board officials have begun a meticulous examination of pieces of damaged bridge beams now underwater.

The state Department of Transportation has not said how much the temporary bridge will cost to build, but that it would be part of the $15 million emergency contract recently awarded to Atkinson Construction in Renton to clear the wreckage and build a permanent replacement.

Gov. Jay Inslee has said he wants the bridge to reopen by mid-June. But while state transportation officials say such a timeline is possible, they’ve cautioned against setting a firm date.

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

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