A contractor has moved a work barge and crane into place next to the Skagit River bridge as it prepares to build a permanent replacement for a section of the Interstate 5 bridge at Mount Vernon.
The Skagit Valley Herald reports the permanent span will be moved into place before October to replace the temporary span that allowed the bridge to reopen June 19 to traffic. One section collapsed into the water on May 23 after a truss was hit by a truck with an oversize load.
The Max J. Kuney company of Spokane is building the permanent replacement, which will be as wide as the rest of the bridge and allow traffic to move at freeway speed.
The 58-year-old bridge carries an average of 71,000 vehicles a day.