Skagit River

Environmental Policy
6:09 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Washington Court Ruling Means More Water for Fish, Less For Landowners

A Western Washington tribe today won a legal battle that will ensure more water stays in the Skagit River to help salmon and steelhead. The Washington Supreme Court ruled that a state agency overstepped its authority in allocating water for new development.

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Skagit River Bridge
4:40 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

New Skagit River Bridge Project Raises Height of Metal Trusses

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

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.

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Skagit River Bridge
5:58 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Northwest Washington Relishes Return To “Normal” With Bridge Re-Opening

Wash. Sec. of Transportation Lynn Peterson (left) and WSDOT regional administrator Jim Drye (right) give a tour to Gov. Jay Inslee
Credit Tom Banse

Traffic is set to start rolling across the repaired Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River Wednesday morning. That completes a hasty, round-the-clock salvage and reconstruction job. It started just three and a half weeks ago when an oversize load brought down the vital bridge. Correspondent Tom Banse reports that Northwest Washington drivers and businesses are relishing a return to normal.

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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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Trooper Death
4:32 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Washington Motorcycle Trooper Killed On Traffic Detail Related To Bridge Collapse

Trooper Sean O’Connell
Credit Northwest News Network

A Washington State Patrol trooper has died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a box truck late Friday afternoon in Skagit County. Trooper Sean O’Connell was on a special assignment related to the collapse of the Skagit River I-5 bridge.

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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 Collapse
9:10 am
Fri May 24, 2013

I-5 Bridge Collapse: Update

By first light this morning, investigators were sorting through twisted steel girders and interviewing drivers to piece together exactly what brought down the Interstate-5 Skagit River Bridge in Mount Vernon. More now from Northwest Public Radio’s Lucrezia Cuen.

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