Skagit River Bridge
4:24 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Senator Murray Announces Federal Funding For Skagit Bridge

The Skagit Bridge should be fully repaired by this fall. That's according to Washington Senator Patty Murray. She chairs the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. The I-5 span over the Skagit River north of Seattle collapsed last month.

A visualization of the Skagit River Bridge temporary replacement span.
Credit WSDOT website

At a hearing Thursday, Murray said that until it's fixed, commuters, vacationers and commercial traffic will all be delayed.

"Local businesses are continuing to feel the impact of the bridge collapse, and businesses far and wide who rely on I-5 to move goods are going to find it takes a lot longer to get their products to customers," she says. 

Murray says the U.S. Department of Transportation is releasing the remaining federal share of money to repair the bridge.

Victor Menendez is the head of the Federal Highway Administration. He told the hearing that two temporary spans will be in place over the Skagit River in a week (by June 20). Traffic over the bridges will be limited to 35 mph.

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