Skagit River

Skagit River Water Dispute
6:55 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Court Case Is The Latest Battle In Water Wars Of The Skagit River

It might be wet this time of year in the Northwest, but that hasn’t stopped an ongoing battle over water in Washington’s Skagit river valley.
Credit pfly / Flickr

Richard and Marnie Fox wanted to build a new house on their land but they couldn't get a building permit. The Foxes took legal action and their case will go before a judge on Tuesday.

The state said there was not enough water in the area to support anymore new residences without endangering salmon, especially during the drier parts of the year.

Richard Fox walked out to his back field with his leather hat and raincoat on. A bunch of sopping wet cows looked at him, vaguely curious. His backyard was flooded. 

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Skagit River Bridge
4:44 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Washington State Patrol Cites Truck Driver In Skagit Bridge Collapse

A water level view of the accident scene following the collapse of the bridge spanning the Skagit River.
Credit National Transportation Safety Board

The Washington State Patrol has ticketed the driver of an oversize load that collapsed the Skagit River Bridge in May of 2013.

The State Patrol announced the $550 fine Monday and released its final report into the bridge collapse. The report concluded the oversize load was two inches over legal height.

The investigation concluded that a pole on the pilot car leading the oversize load did hit the bridge. But instead of moving to the center lane where there was enough clearance, the truck’s driver stayed in the right lane.

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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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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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