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September 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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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September 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM
The permanent north span of the I-5 Skagit River bridge is ready to be put into place Saturday night — an operation that contractor Max J. Kuney says it can accomplish in only 12 hours.
Drivers will be detoured through the Riverside Drive bridge between Mount Vernon and Burlington overnight, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., the state Department of Transportation announced today. Traffic will exit I-5 at George Hopper Road to the north, or College Way south of the river, then drive through business districts.
A time-lapse video, available here, shows how over three days,
several weeks, a crane has lifted 160-foot long concrete girders and set them next to I-5, on platforms above the river. Road decks are now being built on the girders. On Saturday night, hydraulic jacks, Teflon pads, and steel rails will be used to slid the 900-ton span several yards upriver, right after the current temporary bridge is detached.
The original north span of the four-span crossing collapsed in May, after an overheight truck load smacked some crossbeams that were between 14 1/2 and 15 1/2 feet high, causing the steel truss to succumb.
The work is happening overnight to reduce the effects on freeway traffic, said DOT spokesman Bart Treece. The bridge carries an average 71,000 vehicles a day. Other overnight closures are likely this fall, when workers cut and replace several of the curved overhead crossbeams, raising them to 18 feet to reduce the risk of truck hits.
May 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM
Broken bridge removal begins: The removal of the two cars that plunged into the water along with pieces of the broken bridge has begun. State officials say a new bridge over the Skagit River north of Mount Vernon could open by mid-June. It’s a temporary bridge, but even so, that’s darn fast. How many times have you driven over that bridge. Hundreds of times probably.
Burglary and a fire: A house in North Seattle was burglarized and then neighbors saw smoke coming from the home. Police still looking to see if there’s a connection.
Baby put in freezer: What a terrible story this is. A man in Pierce County put an infant in a freezer because the baby wouldn’t stop crying. The child was in the freezer for up to and hour. The baby is going to be OK. The man was arrested.
Memorial Day brings rain and the chance to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women who died serving in our armed forces. You’ll find a few of the events marking the occasion here. You might also want to read Hal Bernton’s story on the mother of a fallen Green Beret who turned a bed and breakfast into a refuge for grieving military families.
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