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Tacoma Narrows Bridge
7:59 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge Shook Itself To Pieces 74 Years Ago

Howard Clifford running off the Tacoma Narrows Bridge during collapse, Tacoma, Washington, November 7, 1940.
Credit University of Washington

This is what the Tacoma Narrows Bridge looked like as it collapsed on November 7, 1940. High winds caused the bridge to twist, shake, and then fall apart.

The suspension bridge had always been known for being shaky. Builders nicknamed it “Galloping Gertie,” and it became a popular joyriding location, moving like a wave beneath drivers. Nobody expected it to collapse.

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Skagit Bridge Collapse
6:13 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

NTSB: Systemic Failures Led to Skagit Bridge Collapse

The National Transportation Safety Board says systemic failures lead to the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge last May.
Credit Martha T / Flickr

The National Transportation Safety Board says systemic failures lead to the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge last May. A section of the bridge fell into the water after a truck carrying a tall load hit the top of the structure.

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Skagit River Bridge
4:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

New Skagit River Bridge Completed

Crews slid the permanent section of the bridge into place Saturday September 14th.
Credit WSDOT

Traffic is flowing normally today over the newly-opened I-5 bridge over the Skagit River near Burlington. The steel truss bridge collapsed into the river last May after a semi carrying an oversize load hit several support struts. Over the weekend, the temporary bridge spans put in place shortly after the accident were replaced by a permanent new span

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I-5 Bridge Opening
4:03 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Temporary Skagit River I-5 Bridge To Open Wednesday Morning

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 3:29 pm

Drivers and businesses in Northwest Washington are voicing elation now that there is a firm date for reopening the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River. The Washington Department of Transportation says the temporary replacement bridge will start carrying traffic Wednesday morning.

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

Senator Murray Announces Federal Funding For Skagit Bridge

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

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.

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T-Shirt Humor
4:22 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

T-Shirts Poke Fun At Bridge Collapse

Credit Slow Loris Shirts

Mid-June: that’s how soon residents may see a temporary fix to the Interstate-5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mount Vernon, Wash. It collapsed last week when a truck hit an overhead support beam. Two vehicles fell into the river. No one was seriously injured. It is a serious situation – but in the aftermath, one T-shirt company is throwing a little fun into the mix.

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I-5 Bridge
6:06 am
Mon May 27, 2013

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

WSDOT's rendering of the temporary bridge replacement.
Credit Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington state’s top priority is fixing the section of the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last week. That’s according to Governor Jay Inslee. Inslee announced plans Sunday that could lead to a temporary replacement by mid June. And a permanent fix in September. Reporter Derek Wang has more.

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I-5 Bridge
4:02 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Bridge Collapse Trucking Company's Safety Record Better Than Most


Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 3:11 pm

Federal records show the trucking company involved in the I-5 bridge collapse in Skagit County north of Seattle has a safety record that’s better than most.

Mullen Trucking out of Alberta, Canada has an on-road performance rating of three percent. What does that mean? When it comes to trucking safety – like in golf – a low score is good.

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Three Rescued from Bridge
7:52 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Three Rescued In Bridge Collapse

An interstate 5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River Thursday evening. The collapse sent tons of concrete and steel into the river, along with two vehicles and three people. Remarkably, no one died, and authorities say all three people rescued had only minor injuries.

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