Northbound Highway 529 bridge closed until Tuesday

EVERETT — The opening of the northbound Highway 529 bridge over the Snohomish River has been pushed back another day, with the bridge now scheduled to reopen mid-morning on Tuesday.

The bridge has been closed since early Saturday morning due to damage caused when a sports utility vehicle struck the bridge, damaging two of the bridges steel beams.

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; salyer@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Everett pastor’s life was inspired by Rev. Billy Graham

The first crusade Brian Harpell ever attended was when the Christian evangelist came to his hometown.

Water to be shut off for some homes, districts next week

The pipe closing will affect mainly the Snohomish and Monroe areas.

Spikes put end to ride from Seattle to Everett in stolen car

Two men were taken into custody at the bottom of Marine View Drive off I-5.

Section of W. Marine View Drive will be closed Saturday

A footbridge is being torn down between Everett Ave. and the Naval Station entrance.

Fugitive Watch

The state Department of Corrections’ Everett office has felony warrants for the… Continue reading

House passes ban on bump-fire stocks

If the Senate approves, Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign it into law.

Two more suspects identified in shooting death of casino winner

The two, who have ties to Everett, Mount Vernon and Bellingham, remain at large.

Everett council defers decision on methadone clinic zoning

Councilmembers asked to see more information on potential options in the weeks ahead.

Election results are finalized for school tax measures

More than 135,000 ballots were cast, a turnout of about 31 percent.

Most Read