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Construction underway on permanent span of Skagit River bridge

Construction underway on permanent span of Skagit River bridge

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curits

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Construction on the new permanent span for the Internet-5 Skagit River bridge is officially underway.

Crews have started building work platforms on both sides of the temporary spans.

They’ll build the permanent bridge on one side and use a rail system to remove the temporary spans and slide the new bridge into position.

Dave Chesson with the Washington State Department of Transportation says this system will allow crews to install the new bridge in a matter of days, not weeks.

Play Dave Chesson on bridge construction

A part of the I-5 Skagit River bridge collapsed on May 23 after a semi-truck with an oversize load hit the steel support beams.

Crews are scheduled to install the new permanent span sometime in September.