New I-5 bridge section over Skagit River opens

New I-5 bridge section over Skagit River opens

AP News

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Four months after collapsing into the Skagit River, crews installed a new Interstate 5 bridge section on Sunday, swapping a temporary 500-ton span with a 900-ton permanent one.

The bridge, which was closed overnight for the installation, re-opened to traffic at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Officials have been working toward this moment ever since an oversize truck load hit the bridge on May 23, sending one 160-foot section and two vehicles with three people into the water.

No one was killed.

The collapse severed one of the key transportation links in Washington, carrying roughly 70,000 vehicles a day.

While the permanent section is in place, WSDOT spokesperson Travis Phelps says the speed limit will be temporarily lower than 60 miles per hour while the new section is monitored.