June 20, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Temporary I-5 bridge is complete
Speed of construction is unimpressive
Workers inspect parts of the temporary bridge span before they lower it, carefully and slowly, into place down onto the three support pedestals newly installed to hold the temporary spans at the site of the recent Skagit Bridge collapse. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.]
“I can’t imagine this being done any faster,” says Don Wick of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County. [“Less than month after collapse, temporary I-5 bridge is finished,” NW Wednesday, June 19.]Well, Mr. Wick, 50-plus years ago, we army engineers built Bailey bridges overnight, using nothing but hand labor. That included all the design and foundation work. Of course, we didn’t have federal and state regulations in those days.
Adam Lloyd, Burien
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