bridge collapse

Structurally Deficient
11:19 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Transportation Group Fears Funding Collapse For Bridge Repair

Crews survey the scene of a bridge collapse on Interstate 5 on May 23, 2013 near Mt. Vernon, Washington. There are currently 63,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., and funding to fix them is running out. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:02 pm

There are 63,000 structurally deficient bridges across the U.S., and the fund to fix them is drying up, according to a new report from the trade group American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

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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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Bridge History
9:13 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Failed Bridges In Washington's History

Allen Street Bridge
WSDOT Photo

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.

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Bridge Collapse Recovery
12:34 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

A Tale Of Two Cities, A River, And A Bridge Collapse

Nancy Thomas, owner of Lickety Clips Grooming Salon in Mount Vernon, holding Chunk and Chloe.
KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

From I-5 North, you can look to your left and see the Skagit Valley Food Co-op. It’s right in downtown Mount Vernon, just south of the Skagit River and the bridge collapse. Jodie Buller is the Outreach and Marketing Coordinator at the co-op, and the day after the bridge collapse, she was feeling pretty optimistic.

“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.”  

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9:09 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Washington Bridges Perform Well Nationally

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There's a lot of water in Washington state, and therefore a lot of bridges. Transportation for America put together the numbers of structurally deficient bridges by state county and compared Washington to the rest of the country. There's good news: Washington is ranked 46 out of 51 states (including Washington, D.C.) in structurally deficient bridges. Pennsylvania performed the worst with 24.5 percent of bridges considered deficient.
Visualizing the numbers Did you know that in another ten years, one in four bridges will be 65 years old or older? And today, almost 50 percent of bridges of that age are structurally deficient? In the minute it'll take you to view this full infographic with more facts like that, another 180,000 trips will be taken on deficient bridges.
News
8:56 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Northwest Washington Relishes Return To Normal With Bridge Re-Opening

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 8:02 am

Traffic is rolling across the repaired Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River Wednesday morning, marking the end of  a hasty, round-the-clock salvage and reconstruction job.

Work started less than four weeks ago, when an oversize load brought down the vital bridge.  Northwest Washington drivers and businesses are relishing a return to normal.

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I-5 Bridge Collapse
5:19 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On The Skagit River Bridge Collapse

A visualization of the temporary fix for the I-5 bridge.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Federal investigators released a preliminary report 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.

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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.

Detours Add Costs
3:46 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Truckers React to I-5 Bridge Collapse North Of Seattle

Donna's truck stop in Marysville
Credit Ruby DeLuna

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.

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