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Skagit River bridge back open

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Skagit River bridge back open

KGMI News Reporting

By Karen Taylor, Shanna Sheridan

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The Skagit River bridge is back open to traffic.

Crews finished putting in a temporary span over the section that collapsed on June 23 earlier this week.

Governor Jay Inslee says he is amazed at the speed workers finished installing the span.

Play Governor on bridge crews

Washington State Department of Transportation engineers had used a custom design, costing under $2 million.

Play Lynn Peterson on bridge

Spokane-based Max Kuney Construction has been chosen to design and build the permanent replacement span set to be in place this fall.

Oversize loads are still being detoured around the bridge.

Traffic is being slowed to 40 mph over the bridge.