Acrow Corporation, a steel bridging company, has brought the materials for the bridge which will serve as a temporary replacement for the collapsed Interstate 5 bridge over Skagit River to the site.
The lanes will be 2.5 feet narrower in each direction than the original bridge was. The speed limit will be lowered to accommodate the narrower width, said the state Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson in the telephone town hall Wednesday, May 29.
Construction will begin as soon as all the debris from the collapsed bridge is removed. The bridge is expected to be in place by mid-June. Construction on the permanent replacement will occur while the temporary bridge is being used.
I-5 will be closed for a short period in the late fall and the new bridge will be "literally rolled into place', said Peterson. The ability to plan for the fall closure will allow WSDOT to provide timely detailed information about detours.
Efforts to help in the meantime, before the temporary span is open, include coordinating Skat buses with Amtrak train schedules, increased use of message boards on roads and at the ferries to update drivers on detours and traffic conditions. Funds have been provided for promotion to help local economies.
Peterson noted ferry traffic for the past weekend was up 5 percent over last year. During the phone conference, a request was made to eliminate the parking fees at the Anacortes ferry terminal because of the situation with the bridge. The request is being considered.
The Seattle Times has extensive coverage of the bridge collapse: