skagit river bridge
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 Washington State Transportation Commission voted Tuesday to rename the Skagit River Bridge for State Patrol Trooper Sean M. O’Connell Jr., who died nearby in an accident while directing traffic through detours set up after the bridge collapsed.
Cars and trucks are rolling again across the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge, restoring the traffic flow on the main route between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.
A temporary bridge over the Skagit River opens Wednesday, restoring Interstate 5 traffic less than a month after the old bridge collapsed May 23 when it was struck by a truck with an oversize load.
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 in Washington state that collapsed three weeks ago.