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May 25, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Interstate 5 bridge collapse

Remodel bridges or restrict large vehicles

A section of the Interstate 5 in Mount Vernon collapsed Thursday. Hovercrafts search the Skagit River for survivors below. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

A section of the Interstate 5 in Mount Vernon collapsed Thursday. Hovercrafts search the Skagit River for survivors below. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

It seems obvious that, if we’re going to keep our old, obsolete bridges and continue to repair them, we had better find a way for heavy rigs to be routed somewhere else and isolate and dedicate these bridges for cars only [“Stunning I-5 bridge collapse,” page one, May 24].As in the Skagit River bridge collapse, 20/20 hindsight won’t work after a major collapse. If we don’t want to make these kinds of decisions, then it looks like the taxpayers better step up to the plate and pay for infrastructure bonds to build new bridges for major, interstate thoroughfares.

Fifty billion dollars was already spent on Hurricane Sandy and Moore, Okla.; there’s no more federal money to help us. The question is: Do you want to live or die?

Jerry Taylor, Elma

Hire military help

The military has had experience in rapid bridge deployment for decades. Let them use their expertise right here at home and do something positive for our own people.

A plus: We have already paid for it.

Al Cox, Seattle

Comments | Topics: collapse, I-5, infrastructure

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