The delay in reopening the bridge was caused by difficult repairs to the two beams that support the bridge and wet, cold, and windy weather, according to the state Department of Transportation.
The southbound bridge remains open to the public.
The wreck sheared away vertical and diagonal support beams from connecting bolts on the bridge. It also damaged and cracked about 30 feet of the bridge's guardrail, said Kris Olsen, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.
The accident occurred about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. A Snohomish County Sheriff's deputy who was working in a special emphasis patrol to catch potential drunk drivers, spotted the car driving at high speed.
The deputy pursued the car, which crashed into the bridge about a minute later, said Lt. Susy Johnson, with the Snohomish County Sheriff's office.
The vehicle was totaled. The driver, a woman, had minor injuries. She was checked at a local hospital and later booked into the Snohomish County jail for investigation of DUI, Johnson said.
The Highway 529 bridges connect Everett and Marysville. On a typical weekday, they are used by about 15,000 vehicles. The steel truss bridge was built in 1927. No estimate on the cost of repairs was available on Saturday.
Crews began work about 7 a.m. Saturday, figuring out how to take out the damaged beams and put in new ones, Olsen said.
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486; firstname.lastname@example.org
More Local News Headlines
Couple shared tragedy, loss of Oso, but found love Legal costs of Everett Public Schools internal investigation near $55K New trial date for father of high school shooter Lawsuit against Highland Christian School, teacher settled Arlington City Council fills vacant seat Everett Library’s music swap hits all the right notes Arlington woman dies in Skagit motorcycle crash Woman found in Ebey Slough identified
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.