MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The work to put a permanent replacement span on the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge that collapsed in May is at a crucial stage.

The Transportation Department says eight huge girders are being moved into place next to the temporary span.

Spokesman Dave Chesson in Burlington says three were delivered Tuesday; three are arriving Wednesday; and the last two on Thursday.

Each one is 162 feet long and weighs 84 tons.

Moving each girder into place is a tricky maneuver that requires two cranes — one on a floating platform in the Skagit River.

Chesson says the work is on track to move the permanent replacement into place after Labor Day.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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