MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - It's been a year since an oversized truck knocked a section of an Interstate 5 bridge into the Skagit River and traffic is flowing over the replacement span, but dozens of other aging bridges in Washington are still listed as deficient.
And, plans to create an online map of state bridges for truckers are stalled for lack of funding.
Two vehicles with three people fell into water on May 23, 2013. No one died, but state Trooper Sean O'Connell was killed a week later while detouring traffic through Mount Vernon and Burlington.
A temporary span was in place in a month. A permanent span opened in September, and work was completed in November to square off the arched support beams and raise the clearance on the I-5 Skagit River bridge.