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July 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Citizen tip closes LaConner’s ‘rainbow bridge,’ traffic being detoured

The landmark arch bridge between LaConner and the Swinomish Reservation was closed Thursday afternoon, after someone told dispatchers a piece of it fell off the bottom.

A quick inspection by Skagit County Public Works didn’t find any damage, but the county closed it anyway as a precaution, said Dan Berentson, public works director.  Inspectors from the Washington State Department of Transportation are en route, hoping to get a look before dark, he said.

“As you know, we’ve had some experience with damaged bridges,” he said.

On May 23, 2013, part of an I-5 bridge fell into the Skagit River after an tall truck load hit some overhead cross beams.

The arch bridge is known as the “rainbow bridge” because of its red color, unlike the typical green road bridges in Washington state.  It was painted five or six years ago, and considered to be in good condition, Berentson said. The citizen tipster “heard a loud noise and thought they saw some material falling from the bridge,” he said.

He said drivers are detouring three or four miles to the Duane Berentson Bridge, a tall, twin-bridge crossing between Fidalgo Island and the Skagit Valley. And yes, it’s named for Dan Berentson’s dad, who served as WSDOT secretary from 1981-1993.

 

 

also mentioned hearing a loud boom

 

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