May 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Minor back-ups reported on Skagit detours
On the first workday after the holiday weekend, the state Transportation Department (WSDOT) is reporting relatively minor back-ups in the area of the Interstate 5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River.
As of 9:40 a.m., WSDOT reported no back-ups on northbound detour routes and back-ups of a half-mile to three quarters of a mile on the southbound routes.
A section of the I-5 bridge near Mount Vernon fell into the river Thursday evening after being hit by a truck. Transportation officials hope to have a temporary bridge in place by mid-June.
Before Thursday’s collapse, the I-5 bridge carried about 70,000 vehicles a day. Drivers are still being advised to avoid the area if possible.
Detailed detour routes and updated photos of the cleanup work are on the WSDOT web site.
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