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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 9, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Bridge infrastructure and maintenance in Washington

Infrastructure not to blame for Skagit River bridge collapse

I am getting tired of people blaming the collapse of the Skagit River bridge on poor infrastructure maintenance. Times editorial page editor Kate Riley seemed to imply this in her recent commentary about the effectiveness of city vs. state and federal governments. [“Column: The economy’s future lies in cities, not the state or Congress,” Opinion, Aug. 4.]

I have seen several statements from the Washington State Department of Transportation that the bridge was old, but it was in pretty good condition and easily able to carry its design load.

The cause of the collapse was extremely inept driving by two truckers, one carrying an oversized load and another who passed the overloaded truck while they were on the bridge.

It is an indisputable fact that there is a huge backlog of bridge maintenance throughout the state and nation, but I think it is well documented that there is no need to distort the facts of the Skagit collision to emphasize this need.

Pete Beaupain, Auburn

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