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September 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Saturday Memo: Skagit bridge fix … ‘Hawk One’ … Sounders victory

Slip-slidin’ away: Teflon isn’t just for keeping your fried eggs from sticking, apparently. The nearly completed permanent span of the I-5 Skagit bridge will be slid — yes, slid — into place tonight, hopefully in time for drivers to be using it Sunday. A set of jacks will slide the 915-ton chunk of bridge into place on a Teflon-coated surface. The original north span collapsed May 23 when a tall truckload hit several overhead crossbeams.

Tailgating Taj Mahal: Seahawks fans Gary Buchanan, Brian Miller and Tony Wetzel have their own 38-foot tailgating RV to rally fans before games. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario took a look at what the owners call Hawk One, the motor home that includes a mini-museum of memorabili, a custom bar and, naturally, a veritable flock of Hawks fans.  You can expect Hawk One to raise their 12th Man flag at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow, before the Seahawks’ season home opener against the 49ers.

Speaking of sports: The Sounders topped Real Salt Lake 2-nuthin’ last night, extending their winning streak to five games, the longest in franchise history and the best in the league this season. The home fans summed it up nicely last night, chanting “Who’s in first place?” as the final seconds ran out.

Traffic reminder and some weekend reading: Traffic is expected to be awful this weekend due to some scheduled lane restrictions and closures. The department of transportation is advising motorists to leave early, carpool, detour … or just stay home. If you’re doing the latter and would like something to read, check out Sea Change, our comprehensive look at ocean acidification, the lesser-known twin of climate change that could scramble marine life on an almost unfathomable scale.

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Hannah Birch: 206-464-2380 or hbirch@seattletimes.com


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