I-5 Bridge Temp Span Ready

bridgetempA temporary bridge over the Skagit River opens Wednesday, restoring Interstate 5 traffic less than a month after the old bridge collapsed May 23 when it was struck by a truck with an oversize load. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the reopening Tuesday after inspecting the work and praising workers at Mount Vernon.

The Transportation Department says traffic will be reduced to 40 miles per hour on the narrow temporary span. The span will be two lanes in both directions and 24 feet wide, open to all legal loads.

Max Kuney is the contractor awarded the job of building the permanent span.

June 18, 2013/AP
Image from WSDOT Flickr