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Contractor finishes I-5 Skagit River Bridge retrofit work

(BURLINGTON)- Three contractors and less than six months after being struck by an oversized load, the collapsed span over the Skagit River was removed, spanned temporarily and then permanently, and the remaining steel structure retrofitted and reinforced.

With the retrofit work complete, the bridge’s overhead structure is now the same height in all lanes, which reduces the risk of the bridge being struck again.  Other parts of the bridge were reinforced and maintenance was performed.  Everything but spot painting was completed, which will now be completed next spring due to worsening weather this late in the year.  However, temporary weight and oversize load restrictions put in place after the span collapse have been lifted.

Unrelated to the retrofit work, Washington State Department of Transportation bridge inspection crews will close the right lane of northbound Interstate 5 over the Skagit River Bridge from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday.  The inspection of the newly replaced span will give WSDOT a baseline for future inspections.

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