The new permanent replacement span over the Skagit River has reopened — nearly seven hours later than originally planned.
The state Department of Transportation said the new north span was opened to traffic just before 2 p.m. Sunday, much later than the expected 7 a.m. opening. The open was delayed initially because the cutting of steel plates to secure the new permanent bridge took longer than expected, says DOT.
Then work crews had to wait for newly painted stripes on the roadway to dry.
Construction teams had worked overnight to slide a new 915-ton bridge span over the river to replace a temporary span.
The original north span of the freeway bridge collapsed May 23 when a tall truckload hit several overhead crossbeams. A military-style bridge was temporarily installed June 19, with a reduced speed limit of 40 mph.
Drivers had to detour through the business district of Burlington until the new span was opened to traffic.
To see a time-lapse of the new permanent span being moved into place, click here.