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June 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Skagit Bridge temporary span rolling into place

After working through the weekend, crews at the partly collapsed I-5 bridge over the Skagit River began rolling a temporary span into position Monday.

Traffic is expected to resume over the bridge by next week, said Travis Phelps, spokesman for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

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By midday, the portion of the span being moved into place along that portion of the I-5 bridge that collapsed last month had reached the road deck beyond the original 1955 pier. (Photo / Washington State Department of Transportation)

 

The photo also shows a single deck of X-beams on the left followed by a double-deck the rest of the way. The lightweight single deck exists merely to gain a foothold on the existing bridge deck and will be taken apart as the double-deck portion — the actual roadway of the temporary bridge — is the correct length for the 160-foot-long gap.  The truss shown above is one of two that will be fastened side by side to create enough width for four lanes of traffic.

The bridge span collapsed May 23 after a truck’s tall load struck several of the upper crossbeams.

A permanent bridge is expected to be in place by September.

 

 

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