Now that the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River has a new section in place, crews are working to make sure there isn't another freak collapse.
Starting on Monday night, officials will regularly close the bridge during nighttime hours while they retrofit and reinforce the span's overhead structure. The primary goal is to raise the clearance height of the bridge to be 18 feet all the way across the span.
A portion of the bridge collapsed in May when an oversize truck load clipped a portion of the overhead structure. A temporary span installed in June allowed traffic to flow through the area. On Sunday, workers slid a permanent new section into place.
Crews plan to complete the retrofit by mid-November. The cost of the project is more than $4 million and is primarily funded by federal emergency relief money.