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The Today File

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July 24, 2013 at 8:03 AM

More clearance planned for Skagit River I-5 bridge

The Associated Press

MOUNT VERNON — The state Department of  Transportation plans additional work to raise the clearance on the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon.

Officials told Skagit County commissioners Tuesday a new project would put the trusses 18 feet above the roadway. Current trusses are just 15 feet, 6 inches at the fog line. Assistant project engineer Polly Brooks says that’s the lowest in the state.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports (http://bit.ly/12iPxUu) federal money will pay for the $3 million project. The work this fall will follow the construction of a permanent replacement for the section that collapsed May 23 when a truss was hit by an oversize truck.

That closed the bridge for a month. A temporary span is in place, and the replacement is expected in early September.

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