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June 14, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Detour around I-5 Skagit bridge taking more than an hour northbound

One out of two temporary bridge spans is put in place earlier this week at the site of the recent I-5 Skagit bridge collapse. It's hoped that I-5 will reopen next week. (Marcus Yam photo / The Seattle Times)

One out of two temporary bridge spans is put in place earlier this week at the site of the recent I-5 Skagit bridge collapse. It’s hoped that I-5 will reopen some time  next week. (Marcus Yam photo / The Seattle Times)

It’s getting extra  painful out there on Interstate-5 by the collapsed Skagit River bridge.  The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that the detour (around Mount Vernon and Burlington) is taking an extra 65 minutes northbound and 52 minutes southbound as of Friday afternoon about 3 p.m.

A sunny Friday afternoon and the start of summer travel  – and of course the extensive detours around the downed bridge – are helping make the mess.  Usual delays are around a half-hour  or less.  Get updates on Skagit bridge delays, maps and more here.

To add to the joy, this Saturday (June 15) will bring flocks of bicyclists on the first part of the two-day  “Ride to Conquer Cancer.”  They’ll be biking from Vancouver, B.C., to Seattle for a cancer-agency fundraiser.   There will be some changes to the southbound detour around the Skagit bridge because of the event, and drivers are urged to be cautious since trucks, cars and bicyclists will be sharing some roads.

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