Gov. Inslee Says Skagit River Bridge Repair will Cost $15M
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Governor Jay Inslee says it will cost $15 million to repair the Skagit River bridge.
The Federal Government has promised to send $1 million to Washington state in order to pay for emergency repairs.
Inslee says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Friday morning promised his full support to get Washington's main north-south roadway repaired as quickly as possible.
A representative for LaHood says the Department of Transportation has established an interagency task force to expedite the permitting process for the bridge repair.
The Washington state DOT says an average of 71,000 vehicles use the bridge on Interstate 5 on a daily basis, so the roadblock in both directions will cause a major disruption in trade, tourism and of course traffic.
DOT crews have set up detours, but they ask drivers avoid the area if possible. If not, the DOT recommends detours using Highway 20 and Highway 9.
The Washington State Patrol says the truck that struck the bridge just before the collapse was hauling drilling equipment. Troopers say the driver works for Mullen Trucking in Alberta, Canada.