Time lapse video: Rebuilding the Skagit River bridge

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 18, 2013 

The Washington Department of Transportation compiled this time lapse video from web cam images set up at the site of the temporary Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River.

The temporary bridge will reopen Wednesday, June 19, restoring Interstate 5 traffic less than a month after the old bridge collapsed.

Traffic has been detoured through Mount Vernon and Burlington since May 23, when a truck's load struck the north end of the bridge, causing one section to crumble and dumping a car and pickup into the river. Three people were rescued.

The temporary span will carry 99 percent of I-5 traffic, said Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. Oversized and overweight loads will still be detoured.

At 24-feet wide, the 160-foot temporary section is narrower than the old bridge and traffic will have to slow to 40 mph.

The bridge carried 71,000 vehicles a day on a stretch of the interstate that connects trade and tourism between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The temporary span and a permanent replacement due this fall will cost nearly $18 million. The federal Transportation Department is paying for all but about $1 million of the work.


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