June 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM
Temporary bridge over Skagit River to open Wednesday
The temporary Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River is scheduled to open Wednesday morning.
Gov. Jay Inslee made the announcement today during a visit to the bridge site.
The state isn’t saying the precise time tomorrow morning when the bridge will open.
The speed limit over the bridge will be 40 miles an hour and no oversize or overweight loads will be allowed, but those are only a small portion of the 71,000 vehicles that cross the bridge each day, according to the state.
A permanent fix to the bridge is expected to be done in September. A Spokane company, Max J. Kuney Construction, got the contract for that job with a bid of $6.9 million, according to the state. The temporary bridge cost under $2 million.
The federal government already has approved $15 million for both projects.
A 160-foot portion of the bridge collapsed and fell into the water on May 23 when a semi truck hit overhead beams.
Work crews have been putting together the temporary span for weeks and attaching it to the part of the bridge that was not damaged in the accident.
Some 71,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.
When the bridge collapsed, traffic was detoured through Mount Vernon and Burlington.
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