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Temporary bridge expected in weeks, replacement by fall

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Temporary bridge expected in weeks, replacement by fall

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s Transportation Secretary says the replacement for the Interstate-5 bridge over the Skagit River will be built this summer right next to a temporary bridge that is expected to be put in place in the next few weeks.

Lynn Peterson says the temporary bridge will be put over the gap as soon as they get the okay from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The temporary span will be similar to a ‘bailey’ military bridge, but will have four narrow lanes to allow more traffic to cross.

The replacement bridge should be finished by the fall.

DOT will close I-5 to roll the new span into place.

Federal emergency funds cover 100-percent of partial repairs, but will not cover the full replacement of the bridge.