BURLINGTON - Crews will close one lane in each direction of Interstate 5 near the Skagit River bridge starting 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, to swap out two temporary spans for a permanent bridge.
At 7 p.m. all I-5 lanes in the area will be closed and traffic detoured between College Way and George Hopper Road until about 7 a.m. Sunday.
Detour routes will be the same ones used when the bridge was closed in late May; drivers are being told to give themselves plenty of time for travel.
Drivers should check Sunday morning before heading out to make sure the detour has ended.
Drivers should go online to wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/SkagitRiverBridgeReplacement.
Even after the permanent bridge has been installed, drivers can expect additional nighttime detours in one or both directions of I-5 at the bridge starting Monday, Sept. 16.
Detours will continue through mid-November to give crews space to retrofit the overhead bridge supports.
No one was seriously hurt when a portion of the bridge near Burlington fell into the Skagit River on May 23.
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