Bridge cleanup could start Sunday

MOUNT VERNON — Crews plan to begin removing the steel-and-concrete wreckage of the I-5 bridge from the Skagit River as early as Sunday.

Barges were scheduled on Saturday evening to bring in heavy cutting and lifting equipment to prepare for the work. Atkinson Construction, a Colorado firm with a branch in Renton, will supervise the work. The firm was hired by the state as its emergency contractor for the bridge cleanup and repair. The equipment includes a disassembled 150-ton crane that will be reassembled at the scene.

A section of the bridge fell into the river Thursday evening after girders were hit by a truck. Crews must remove the fallen span from the river before final inspections of the bridge and piers can be completed, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Once the inspections are complete, state engineers can begin designing a plan for repairing the bridge.

More in Local News

A Democrat and ex-Republican team up to end two-party politics

Brian Baird and Chris Vance unveil a new organization called Washington Independents.

The beavers weren’t happy, either, about Mill Creek flooding

A tree fell on their dam, sending a rush of water into a neighborhood near Jackson High School.

Stranger offered candy to student walking home from school

The Granite Falls School District is warning families about… Continue reading

Coming together as family

Special-needs students and teachers at the Transition Center cooked up a Thanksgiving feast.

Lynnwood’s property tax promise to homeowners sort of true

They were told consolidation of fire departments would save, but new rates likely will be more.

Woman who died in 5-car crash identified

A car driven by Susan E. Sill rear-ended another vehicle Wednesday on Smokey Point Boulevard.

Man convicted of 4 counts of wire fraud, 1 count of embezzlement

He siphoned away more than $50,000 from the U.S. Naval Seat Cadet Corps.

Couple marries where they had their first date: the hospital

The Marysville couple had planned to be married twice before but their plans were waylaid.

Aerospace workers adjust to changing industry

The number of Boeing workers dropped almost 10 percent since last year

Most Read