bridges

Bridge Construction Delay
2:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Rain Delays Skagit River Replacement Bridge Construction

Computer simulation of completed replacement Skagit River bridge (foreground) adjacent to temporary bridge. The replacement will slide into the temporary site once work is completed.
Courtesy of WSDOT

UPDATE: 9/9/2013, 1:30 p.m. PT

The Washington state Department of Transportatation says the new replacement bridge on I-5 over the Skagit River should be ready to drive on Sunday morning.

WSDOT officials say the weather’s drying out enough to pour concrete on the replacement span that’s being constructed adjacent to the temporary bridge. Recent heavy rains have delayed the pouring operation. After the concrete cures, they’ll slide the new bridge into place.

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Threats To Infrastructure
8:31 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Bridges In Washington Suffer Repeated Hits

The southbound Highway 101-Simpson Avenue bridge between Hoquiam and Aberdeen is one of the most hit bridges in Washington, and it is also considered fracture-critical.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

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.

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Tall Truck Ban
12:16 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Senate Republican Proposes Bridge Collapse Prevention Bill

The Interstate 5 bridge about an hour after the collapse over Skagit River, May 23.
Credit Harley Soltes

Republican State Senator Michael Baumgartner tells Ross Reynolds about a bill he’s proposed this week to try to prevent future bridge collapses. It would ban trucks that are too tall from traveling on certain bridges.  Senator Baumgartner represents the 6th Legislative District in Spokane.