I-5 http://kuow.org en Oregon Lawmakers Want More Answers On I-5 Bridge Plan http://kuow.org/post/oregon-lawmakers-want-more-answers-i-5-bridge-plan <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/011414CL_columbiacrossing_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon lawmakers say they want more answers before they'll agree to proceed with a plan to build a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.<p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:51:52 +0000 Chris Lehman 27093 at http://kuow.org Oregon Lawmakers Want More Answers On I-5 Bridge Plan Bridges In Washington Suffer Repeated Hits http://kuow.org/post/bridges-washington-suffer-repeated-hits <p>There are more than 200 bridges in Washington that could collapse if a key part fails. They’re classified as being fracture-critical, just like the Interstate 5 span that plummeted into the Skagit River in May after it was hit by an oversized load. Out of those fracture-critical bridges, at least three others have been struck multiple times in the past five years. Experts say repeated bridge strikes can potentially cause catastrophic problems. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:31:26 +0000 Derek Wang 16538 at http://kuow.org Bridges In Washington Suffer Repeated Hits Failed Bridges In Washington's History http://kuow.org/post/failed-bridges-washingtons-history <div>Last month's I-5 Skagit River bridge collapse is just one of a number of major bridge failures in Washington's history. Washington is home to four of the nation's 11 floating bridges, two of which have sunk. Here is a look at the state's highest-profile bridge failures. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:13:31 +0000 Grace Drone 15391 at http://kuow.org Failed Bridges In Washington's History Truck Driving School Ride Along http://kuow.org/post/truck-driving-school-ride-along <p>It’s been about a month since a truck hauling an oversized load struck an I-5 bridge and sent it plunging into the Skagit River. Truckers have a tough job navigating infrastructure challenges such as obsolete bridges and increasingly congested highways. To learn more about the challenges, KUOW’s Derek Wang went to trucking school.</p><p><strong>Failed Bridges In Washington</strong></p><p>The I-5 Skagit River bridge collapse is just one of a number of major bridge failures in <a href="http://www.kuow.org/post/failed-bridges-washingtons-history">Washington's history</a>. Washington is home to four of the nation's 11 floating bridges, two of which have sunk. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:45:11 +0000 Derek Wang 15408 at http://kuow.org Truck Driving School Ride Along A Tale Of Two Cities, A River, And A Bridge Collapse http://kuow.org/post/tale-two-cities-river-and-bridge-collapse <p>From I-5 North, you can look to your left and see the <a href="http://skagitfoodcoop.com/">Skagit Valley Food Co-op</a>. It’s right in downtown <a href="http://www.mountvernonwa.gov/">Mount Vernon</a>, just south of <a href="http://www.kuow.org/post/northwest-washington-relishes-return-normal-bridge-re-opening">the Skagit River and the bridge collapse</a>. Jodie Buller is the Outreach and Marketing Coordinator at the co-op, and the day after the bridge collapse, she was feeling pretty optimistic.</p><p>“Traffic wasn’t bad downtown,” she recalls. “And people were in that camaraderie zone, you know? A lot of checking in, and then it was just dead in here over Memorial Day weekend.”&nbsp;&nbsp; Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:34:56 +0000 Jeannie Yandel 15235 at http://kuow.org A Tale Of Two Cities, A River, And A Bridge Collapse Northwest Washington Relishes Return To Normal With Bridge Re-Opening http://kuow.org/post/northwest-washington-relishes-return-normal-bridge-re-opening <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Traffic is rolling across the repaired Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River Wednesday morning, marking the end of &#160;a hasty, round-the-clock salvage and reconstruction job. </span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Work started less than four weeks ago, when an oversize load brought down the vital bridge. &#160;Northwest Washington drivers and businesses are relishing a return to normal.</span><p>The past three weeks have been quiet, way too quiet in the showroom of Foothills Toyota Scion in Burlington, just north of the Skagit River. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:56:32 +0000 Tom Banse 15216 at http://kuow.org Northwest Washington Relishes Return To Normal With Bridge Re-Opening NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On The Skagit River Bridge Collapse http://kuow.org/post/ntsb-releases-preliminary-report-skagit-river-bridge-collapse <p>Federal investigators released a<a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2013/HWY13MH012_Mt_Vernon_WA_Preliminary.pdf"> preliminary report</a> Tuesday about last month’s I-5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River. The report says the driver of the truck that struck the bridge before it fell had moved over closer to the edge of the bridge because of a passing truck. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:19:10 +0000 Derek Wang 14757 at http://kuow.org NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On The Skagit River Bridge Collapse Temporary Replacement For I-5 Skagit Bridge On Track http://kuow.org/post/temporary-replacement-i-5-skagit-bridge-track <p>The effort to replace the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last month has hit a milestone. On Monday, workers installed the framework for part of a temporary replacement that will eventually support the bridge’s north-bound lanes. There will be a second span to handle south-bound traffic. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:19:43 +0000 Derek Wang 14683 at http://kuow.org Temporary Replacement For I-5 Skagit Bridge On Track Rep. Jim McDermott And Rite Of Spring http://kuow.org/post/rep-jim-mcdermott-and-rite-spring <p><strong>News From Congress: Rep. Jim McDermott</strong><br>Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington's 7th District in Congress joins us to discuss how congressmen and woman have become essential advocates for safer infrastructure after a crisis hits their district. McDermott is calling for more resources to avoid disasters like the Skagit River bridge collapse. Also, the latest on the IRS, the Affordable Care Act and the Alaska Pebble Mine.&nbsp;<br><br><strong>Rite Of Spring</strong><br>Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky.&nbsp; The performance provoked a riot.&nbsp; Critics and audience members wrote afterwards there was so much noise that the dancers couldn’t hear the music over the audience boos.&nbsp; What made "Rite of Spring" so provocative?&nbsp; Why has its centennial been marked by contemporary artists and academics around the world?&nbsp;Marcie Sillman and Dave Beck explore the history and legacy of "The Rite of Spring." Wed, 29 May 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 13901 at http://kuow.org Rep. Jim McDermott And Rite Of Spring T-Shirts Poke Fun At Bridge Collapse http://kuow.org/post/t-shirts-poke-fun-bridge-collapse <p>An I-5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River last week after a truck hit an overhead support beam. Once it&nbsp;was clear that no one was seriously injured, a local <a href="http://www.slowshirts.com/products">t-shirt company</a> decided to have a little fun. Slow Loris&nbsp;Shirts founder Jessica Lynch says she laughed when she heard the state got a <a href="http://seattleasce.org/reportcard/2013ReportCardWA.pdf">C- grade </a>on its bridges. Tue, 28 May 2013 15:37:19 +0000 Sara Lerner 13825 at http://kuow.org T-Shirts Poke Fun At Bridge Collapse Inslee: Temporary I-5 Bridge Replacement Is State’s Top Priority http://kuow.org/post/inslee-temporary-i-5-bridge-replacement-state-s-top-priority <p>Washington state’s top priority is fixing the section of the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last week, according to Governor Jay Inslee. Inslee announced plans Sunday that could lead to a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/8844817115/">temporary replacement </a>in June, and a permanent fix in September.</p><p> Mon, 27 May 2013 19:17:04 +0000 Derek Wang 13792 at http://kuow.org Inslee: Temporary I-5 Bridge Replacement Is State’s Top Priority Truckers React to I-5 Bridge Collapse North Of Seattle http://kuow.org/post/truckers-react-i-5-bridge-collapse-north-seattle <p>Thursday night's bridge collapse has put a spotlight on truckers who carry oversized loads. Preliminary reports suggest that a truck that clipped a bridge support is what caused the spectacular collapse. Fri, 24 May 2013 22:46:21 +0000 Ruby de Luna 13732 at http://kuow.org Truckers React to I-5 Bridge Collapse North Of Seattle "Mom, The Bridge Collapsed" http://kuow.org/post/mom-bridge-collapsed <p></p><p>A parade of people who live and work near the collapsed bridge in Mt. Vernon continued to visit the scene today to get a first-hand look at the damage, snap photos and swap news about the accident.</p><p>“I’m scared to drive over other bridges,” said Jerry Olmstead, who works in Mt. Vernon and crosses this bridge several times a week. “What if another bridge in Washington goes?” Fri, 24 May 2013 20:54:12 +0000 Liz Jones, Derek Wang & Ruby de Luna 13719 at http://kuow.org "Mom, The Bridge Collapsed" Updates: I-5 Skagit River Bridge http://kuow.org/post/updates-i-5-skagit-river-bridge <p>We’ll get updates from the Washington Department of Transportation, Governor Jay Inslee and the American Society of Civil Engineers.</p><p><strong>How Does This Affect Bellingham And Regional Tourism</strong>?<br>This is the start of the summer tourism season and Bellingham has one of its major events, the Ski to Sea, scheduled for this weekend. Will the bridge collapse affect tourism in the north Puget Sound area? Fri, 24 May 2013 19:28:48 +0000 The Conversation with Ross Reynolds 13714 at http://kuow.org Updates: I-5 Skagit River Bridge Engineer Says Truck Strike Could Bring Down Bridge http://kuow.org/post/engineer-says-truck-strike-could-bring-down-bridge <div id="full_story" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 4px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Just prior to the I-5 bridge collapse Thursday night north of Seattle, eyewitnesses report an oversized load struck a portion of the bridge’s steel superstructure. Fri, 24 May 2013 17:53:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 13706 at http://kuow.org Engineer Says Truck Strike Could Bring Down Bridge