I-5

Bridge Collapse
10:53 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Engineer Says Truck Strike Could Bring Down Bridge

WSDOT

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 11:09 pm

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. That’s the frame that’s key to holding the bridge up.

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Bridge Collapse
10:22 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Wash. Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Three Counties

Mt. Vernon resident Susan Riedel took this photograph of the scene near the collapse Thursday night as first response teams arrived.
Susan Reidel

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in three counties around a collapsed Interstate 5 bridge.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Your Take On The News

WSDOT engineers inspect the collapsed bridge over the Skagit River Thursday night.
Credit WSDOT Photo

We'll get live updates from the scene of the bridge collapse in Skagit County from KUOW reporter Derek Wang.

In a major policy speech Thursday, President Obama defended his administration's use of unmanned drones, but vowed to scale back their use in the future. He also renewed efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. What are the unanswered questions about President Obama's counter-terrorism policy? What can we expect from the President moving forward?

The Seattle Mayor's race got a big shakeup recently when Tim Burgess abruptly dropped out of the contest. How will this affect the rest of the candidates? Who does it help and who does it hurt?

And on his first day on the job, interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel made some changes to his staff. Does this signal more changes to come at the SPD?

What stories that caught your attention this week? Call us at 800.289.5869, email weekday@kuow.org or send us a tweet @WeekdayKUOW.

Bridge Collapse
9:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

I-5 Bridge Collapse, Science News, And The Folklife Festival

Google Maps has already removed the bridge from their maps.
Google Maps

UPDATES: I-5 Skagit River Bridge
We'll get updates from Travis Phelps, WSDOT communications manager, and Larry Ehl, publisher of Transportation Issues Daily and former WSDOT federal relations manager.

Science News
Alan Boyle is science editor for NBC News Digital. From 3-D printed pizzas to the effects of climate change on tornados, he brings us the latest news in the world of science.

Northwest Folklife Festival
The 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival kicks off today. What are the can't-miss performances, exhibits and events? We'll get a preview from Folklife's head of programming Debbie Fant. We'll explore  the history of organized labor in Washington state with labor archivist Conor Casey. And we'll hear the tunes of Celtic fiddle music duo Brandon Vance and Mark Minkler.

Bridge Collapse
6:44 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Alternate Routes Around I-5 Skagit River Bridge

The primary detour around the closed section of I-5 crosses the Skagit River via Riverside Drive. The primary northbound route detours from I-5 at exit 227.
Credit WSDOT

WSDOT is asking drivers to allow ample time for travel through the I-5 Skagit River area. Both directions of I-5 are detoured in Skagit County.

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Weekend Traffic
5:38 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

I-5 Ramp Closures Start On Friday

Aleta Borschowa, WSDOT Project Engineer
Credit KUOW / Derek Wang

Winter is usually not the season for road construction, but this year, things are a little different. Friday marks the start of eleven planned closures of some Interstate 5 ramps.

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