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Girders to be Launched for New Skagit River Bridge

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/08/13_I5SkagitRiverBridgegirders.htm Eight large concrete girders will be set for the replacement Skagit River Bridge over the next few weeks. This is great news for the area. WSDOT is moving rapidly to fix this bridge. Ben

More Work Coming to Skagit River Bridge

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/07/July24_I5skagitbridgereplacement.htm This Fall WSDOT will work to raise the vertical clearance of the Skagit River bridge to avoid incidents of vehicles hitting the supports, as happened in this summer’s collapse. Ben

New Skagit River Bridge Will Be Higher

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/07/25/2694588/rebuilt-skagit-bridge-will-also.html When the Skagit River Bridge that collapsed is rebuilt the trusses will be raised to 18 feet in the hopes of not having a repeat incident. Let’s hope this helps. Ben

Permanent I-5 Skagit River Bridge Replacement Underway

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/07/12_I5SkagitBridgePermSpanStart.htm A permanent span for the damaged Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge is under construction. It is expected to be complete after Labor Day.This is great news as the loss of the existing span has dramatically impacted traffic in the area.Ben

Extra Amtrak Cascades Service Ends

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/06/Temporary_SEA-BEL_Amtrak_Cascades_service_ends_as_I-5_reopens.htm The additional Amtrak Cascades runs between Seattle and Bellingham will be ending now that a temporary bridge has been put in place over the Skagit River. Hopefully the extra trains helped with the traffic situation up there. Ben

Temporary Skagit River Bridge to Open Wednesday

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/06/I5_18SkagitRiverBridgetoOpenSoon.htm The temporary bridge built to replace the collapsed span of the Interstate 5 bridge at the Skagit River will be opening on Wednesday. This is great news. Losing this vital span has detrimentally impacted the area and the state in general. Getting a temporary bridge open this quickly is amazing. Ben

Temporary Skagit River Bridge to Open in Mid-June

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/06/10_SkagitBridgeJune.htm The temporary Skagit River Bridge will be complete in mid-June. This is great news for the North Sound, who have had to deal with the closure of Interstate 5. Ben

Bridge Collapse Causing Spike in Crashes

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Extra-traffic-from-bridge-collapse-causing-spike-in-car-crashes-210501721.html With increased traffic due to the collapse of the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge the number of accidents in Mount Vernon has grown. Let’s all be careful out there. Ben

Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge Replacement Plan

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/05/26_skagit-bridge-replacement-plan.htm The governor has released the replacement plan for the collapsed Skagit River bridge. A temporary span will be built on the existing piers, then a permanent replacement will be built beside it. This is excellent news as this roadway needs to be reopened ASAP. Ben

Special Train Service to Serve North Sound

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/05/Amtrak_WSDOT_BNSF_add_train_to_Help_after_I-5_Bridge_Collapse.htm A partnership of WSDOT, Sound Transit, Amtrak and BNSF will add one extra round trip daily between Seattle and Bellingham using Sounder trains. This is to help with congestion in the area due to the loss of the Interstate 5 bridge. This is great news for the area. Hopefully this will help […]