That doesn't mean it's open for traffic yet. It will take some time to finish the work and make sure it's ready for the volume of traffic (about 71,000 vehicles per day) that usually travels over it.
The reopening is at least a week away, state Department of Transportation officials said in a press release.
The first of two temporary sections was moved across the gap between the north and south sides of the Skagit River Bridge on Monday. Next, they get it positioned over the concrete supports and start working on the second temporary span, according to a press release.
Crews expect to work in around-the-clock shifts as much as possible until the temporary span is complete. DOT plans to finish construction on the temporary span and reopen I-5 to traffic sometime next week, the press release states.
“Getting to this point hasn’t been easy,” said Jay Drye, DOT assistant regional administrator. “Each step of removing and replacing the damaged bridge span has to be carefully choreographed to maximize efficiency, speed and safety.”
A span of the Skagit River Bridge collapsed into the river on May 23. Three people were injured, but none seriously. Meanwhile, traffic has been detoured through Burlington and Mount Vernon since then.
Officials expect the permanent replacement span will be completed by early fall.
More Local News Headlines
Snohomish family is part of school funding lawsuit Fair honors Granite Falls couple, but piglets hog limelight More support arrives to help solve Edmonds traffic problems Monroe seeks added revenue for upgrades to utilities A volunteer finds her niche at Domestic Violence Services Evergreen State Fair judging results CLASS REUNIONS Snohomish County nonprofits planning fundraisers
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.