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Skagit River Bridge Could Open Next Week

06/11/2013 03:37 EDT | Updated 06/11/2013 03:37 EDT
AP

Drivers could soon cross Interstate 5 over the Skagit River again as workers rush to build a temporary crossing in time for a June 17 opening, News1130 reports.

Workers have installed supports and temporary sections and have been working around the clock to get it done.

Construction crews spent the weekend pouring concrete, making repairs and setting up a steel framework on one of two temporary bridges that will span the river, KOMO News reported.

Workers pushed a temporary section over the river on Monday and will also now begin installing the second span.

"Each step of removing and replacing the damaged bridge span has to be carefully choreographed to maximize efficiency, speed and safety," Jay Drye, a spokesman for the Washington Department of Transportation (WDOT), told the network.

The temporary span is what's known as a "Bailey bridge," which was used by Allied forces during World War II, The Seattle Times reported.

The temporary crossing is 240 feet long, but will cross a gap of 160 feet after the bridge collapsed in late May after a truck driver's heavy load caused him to hit it.

In the meantime, Interstate 5 commuters have several detour options for getting around the bridge, including George Hopper Road and the Memorial Highway.

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