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May 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

How to avoid the travel snarls after I-5 bridge collapse

The collapsed bridge on Interstate-5 at Mount Vernon that's snarling travel in Western Washington. (Mike Siegel photo / The Seattle Times)

The collapsed bridge on Interstate-5 at Mount Vernon that’s snarling travel in Western Washington. (Mike Siegel photo / The Seattle Times)

If you’re trying to get from the Seattle area to the San Juan Islands or other places  in Northwest Washington or British Columbia, you’ll need to find a way to get around the closure of Interstate-5 in both directions at Mount Vernon because of the bridge collapse.  

 Signposted detours are taking drivers off I-5  – here’s an official map  of the southbound and northbound detours (and phone 511 for traffic updates or  get a mobile state  traffic app).   But be ready for   long delays on the  detour routes right  in Mount Vernon.  So get creative, either by driving different roads or taking alternate transport.   Some suggestions:

  If you’re heading for the ferries to the San Juan Islands or Victoria, B.C, and need to get to the Anacortes ferry terminal, get off I-5 farther south. Take exit 221, bound for Conway, and then

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