New Skagit River Bridge Project Raises Height of Metal Trusses

Jul 24, 2013

On time and on budget. That from the Washington state Department of Transportation Wednesday on the construction of a replacement bridge on I-5 over the Skagit River.

This design visual shows what the permanent span is anticipated to look like when it's installed.
Credit WSDOT

A portion of the span fell into the river, after a truck carrying an over-sized load hit the 15-foot high bridge truss in May.

The replacement is set to be open sometime after Labor Day.

And the new bridge will eventually be taller.

Washington Department of Transportation spokesman Travis Phelps says a new project has been approved to raise the trusses in the right lane by three feet.

“There’s still a risk that an over-height load could potentially still strike the bridge. However, we’re raising this to 18 feet and your standard semi is going to have a whole bunch of clearance traveling over this bridge" says Phelps.

Phelps says raising the height comes with a 4-million dollar price-tag.

He says most of it will be paid for by the Federal Government.

The existing bridge is one of the lowest steel structures over I-5 in the state of Washington.

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