I-5 Skagit River Birdge

I-5 Bridge Collapse
11:41 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Temporary I-5 Skagit River span to open this week

Frank Varga AP Photo/Skagit Valley Herald

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.

Spokesman Travis Phelps says the framework is in place and workers are tightening bolts and welding sections on the temporary structure that's 24 feet wide and 160 feet long.

He says they'll be installing panels Monday that will be paved with asphalt to form the new bridge deck.

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I-5 Skagit River Bridge
11:24 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Feds releasing $15.6 million for I-5 bridge repair

WSDOT

Sen. Patty Murray says the U.S. Department of Transportation is releasing the remaining $15.6 million of the federal share for repair of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River that collapsed three weeks ago.

Murray, a Democrat, said Thursday Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told her in a phone call that the funds were being released. The total cost of the project is $17.8 million. The federal government previously released $1 million. The state is expected to provide the remaining money.

Business
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Skagit Valley eatery goes for the laughs to attract business

Facebook post of bratwurst sushi from Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Burlington, WA.
Alex Kim

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. 

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