Skagit River

Highway Safety
1:46 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Cell Phone Use Partly To Blame For Skagit River Bridge Collapse

The Skagit River bridge after its collapse on March 23, 2013.
Credit Associated Press Photo/Elaine Thompson

Poor planning and distracted driving were two reasons for the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River, federal officials said Tuesday.

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Skagit Bridge Collapse
3:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

NTSB Releases Documentation On Skagit Bridge Collapse

The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed a year ago after it was hit by a truck.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Marcie Sillman talks with Mike Lindblom, transportation reporter for the Seattle Times, about new findings concerning the Skagit River bridge collapse in May 2013.  The National Transportation Safety Board has released some 2,000 pages of documentation about the accident.

Politics
10:05 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Year After Skagit Bridge Collapse, Little Done To Improve Bridges

It's been a year since the Skagit River bridge collapsed and little has been done to improve the infrastructure of faltering bridges elsewhere in the state.
Credit Harley Soltes

On the day that Jan Auman, a coffee shop owner in Skagit County, had planned to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her new business, the nearby I-5 bridge collapsed.

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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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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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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.

Your Take On The News
10:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

News In Review: A Collapsed Bridge, Fast Food Strike And SPD Violations

Fast food workers across the nation, including Seattle, launched a strike for better conditions and wages.
Flickr Photo/Chris Dilts

It’s Friday—time to talk over the week’s news. We review what the legislature plans to do with state infrastructure following the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge. The Seattle Police Department acknowledged it broke public record laws when it withheld an internal memo from the Seattle Times following the 2012 May Day demonstrations. Fast food workers across Seattle went on a 24-hour strike in solidarity with fast food workers from around the country.

What stories caught your attention? What hasn’t been covered enough? Tell us your take on the news by writing to Weekday.

Fixing The Collapsed Bridge
12:17 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Inslee: Temporary I-5 Bridge Replacement Is State’s Top Priority

The collapsed bridge section remained in the water on Sunday.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

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 temporary replacement in June, and a permanent fix in September.

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