I-5 bridge collapse http://kplu.org en WSDOT didn't flag caution on frequently-hit I-5 bridge span http://kplu.org/post/wsdot-didnt-flag-caution-frequently-hit-i-5-bridge-span <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 1.5;">Starting in the 1970s, Washington state bridge inspectors made note of evidence that large loads were clipping the Interstate 5 span that recently collapsed into the Skagit River.</span></p><p>By the middle of last year, an inspector identified eight different points on the bridge that had high-load damage, including some portions in which components were deformed by the impact.&nbsp;</p><p>Then, last fall, inspectors encountered perhaps the worst damage yet: A tall vehicle traveling northbound had struck the overhead bridge structure, ripping a 3-inch gash in the steel, causing three portions to distort and tearing off surrounding paint, according to images and documents obtained by The Associated Press under public records law.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:30:42 +0000 The Associated Press 9116 at http://kplu.org WSDOT didn't flag caution on frequently-hit I-5 bridge span Drivers, business owners relish return to normal as bridge reopens http://kplu.org/post/drivers-business-owners-relish-return-normal-bridge-reopens <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Traffic began rolling across the repaired Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River Wednesday morning, completing a hasty, around-the-clock salvage and reconstruction job.</span></p><p>The repair started less than four weeks ago after an oversize load brought down the vital bridge. &nbsp;Northwest Washington drivers and businesses are relishing a return to normal.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:46:41 +0000 Tom Banse 9101 at http://kplu.org Drivers, business owners relish return to normal as bridge reopens Temporary Skagit I-5 bridge to open Wednesday morning http://kplu.org/post/temporary-skagit-i-5-bridge-open-wednesday-morning <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px;">Drivers and businesses in Northwest Washington are voicing elation now that there is a firm date for reopening the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River. The Washington Department of Transportation says the temporary replacement bridge will start carrying traffic Wednesday morning.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px;">It took just three and a half weeks to clear the wreckage of the collapsed I-5 bridge and to build a new span across the gap. State transportation secretary Lynn Peterson says the temporary replacement can carry 99 percent of the usual car and truck traffic; no oversize loads will be allowed.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:07:44 +0000 Tom Banse 9098 at http://kplu.org Temporary Skagit I-5 bridge to open Wednesday morning Temporary I-5 Skagit River span to open this week http://kplu.org/post/temporary-i-5-skagit-river-span-open-week <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The Washington Transportation Department says a temporary span on the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge should open this week, less than a month since a section of the bridge collapsed.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:41:23 +0000 The Associated Press 9082 at http://kplu.org Temporary I-5 Skagit River span to open this week Skagit Valley eatery goes for the laughs to attract business http://kplu.org/post/skagit-valley-eatery-goes-laughs-attract-business <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 38px; font-family: Arial;">As state engineers work around the clock to install a temporary bridge to replace the collapsed Interstate 5 bridge span in Mount Vernon, one nearby restaurant manager is finding creative ways to keep customers coming.<span>&nbsp;</span></span></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 26px;"> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9011 at http://kplu.org Skagit Valley eatery goes for the laughs to attract business NTSB clears I-5 Skagit River bridge accident scene http://kplu.org/post/ntsb-clears-i-5-skagit-river-bridge-accident-scene <p>The Transportation Department says parts of a temporary Interstate 5 bridge could extend over the Skagit River in a day or two and the entire 160-foot gap should be filled by mid-June.</p><p> Spokesman Travis Phelps says it will take a little more time reopen freeway lanes that have been detoured since the May 23 bridge collapse, but it should happen before the last week of the month.</p><p> That still depends on bridge piers passing inspection and workers overcoming some engineering challenges.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:06:57 +0000 The Associated Press 9008 at http://kplu.org NTSB clears I-5 Skagit River bridge accident scene Animation shows workings of temporary bridge span http://kplu.org/post/animation-shows-workings-temporary-bridge-span <p>The state Department of Transportation has shared an animation of the temporary bridge span that will be installed in place of the collapsed Interstate 5 bridge in Mount Vernon.&nbsp;</p><p>The animation was put together by Acrow Bridges, the New Jersey-based company building the 160-foot span.</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 17:57:42 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 8960 at http://kplu.org Animation shows workings of temporary bridge span Worried shop owners hope state's PR plan saves peak season http://kplu.org/post/worried-shop-owners-hope-states-pr-plan-saves-peak-season <p>State officials are working to spread the word: visitors can still reach businesses in the Northwest corner of the state in spite of the collapsed Interstate 5 bridge in Mount Vernon.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 23:40:54 +0000 Martha Kang & The Associated Press 8913 at http://kplu.org Worried shop owners hope state's PR plan saves peak season Crews begin removing collapsed I-5 bridge http://kplu.org/post/crews-begin-removing-collapsed-i-5-bridge <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Crews have begun removing the mangled steel, crumpled pavement and cars that fell into the Skagit River in Mount Vernon after a span of an interstate highway bridge collapsed.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Washington Department of Transportation announced that the retrieval of the fallen section began, a day after barges with equipment arrived at the river.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 05:25:37 +0000 The Associated Press 8903 at http://kplu.org Crews begin removing collapsed I-5 bridge I-5 bridge collapse survivor: 'I can't believe we're alive' http://kplu.org/post/i-5-bridge-collapse-survivor-i-cant-believe-were-alive <p>Bryce Kenning saw the void before him in an explosion of dust, and there was nothing he could do.</p><p>"It was like time was frozen — like a roller coaster where you're not attached to the tracks," he said Friday. "It's something you never think you will ever experience in a lifetime — driving off a straight cliff."</p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 23:01:32 +0000 The Associated Press 8896 at http://kplu.org I-5 bridge collapse survivor: 'I can't believe we're alive' Feds seeking temporary fix after I-5 bridge collapse http://kplu.org/post/feds-seeking-temporary-fix-after-i-5-bridge-collapse <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Federal officials were searching the country for a possible temporary replacement for a bridge that collapsed along the crucial Interstate 5 corridor, but Washington Gov. Jay Inslee cautioned Friday that major disruptions will last for weeks, if not months.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 22:25:19 +0000 The Associated Press 8889 at http://kplu.org Feds seeking temporary fix after I-5 bridge collapse Detours, alternate routes around collapsed bridge in Mount Vernon http://kplu.org/post/detours-alternate-routes-around-collapsed-bridge-mount-vernon <p><em>From the Washington State Department of Transportation:&nbsp;</em></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 16:08:37 +0000 KPLU News Staff 8890 at http://kplu.org Detours, alternate routes around collapsed bridge in Mount Vernon Engineer says truck strike could bring down bridge http://kplu.org/post/engineer-says-truck-strike-could-bring-down-bridge <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Just prior to the Interstate 5 bridge collapse Thursday night in Mount Vernon, an oversized load struck a portion of the bridge’s steel superstructure, according to eyewitness accounts.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 06:13:34 +0000 Austin Jenkins 8886 at http://kplu.org Engineer says truck strike could bring down bridge 3 pulled from Skagit River after I-5 bridge collapse in Mount Vernon http://kplu.org/post/3-pulled-skagit-river-after-i-5-bridge-collapse-mount-vernon <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">An Interstate 5 bridge over a river collapsed north of Seattle Thursday evening, dumping two vehicles into the water and sparking a rescue effort by boats and divers who pulled three injured people from the chilly waterway.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 03:35:21 +0000 The Associated Press 8885 at http://kplu.org 3 pulled from Skagit River after I-5 bridge collapse in Mount Vernon