OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A week after an oversize truck caused the Interstate 5 bridge to collapse in the Skagit River a bill has been introduced in Olympia to restrict big loads.
The bill introduced by Sen. Michael Baumgartner of Spokane would deny travel permits to a load higher or wider than the minimum clearance on its route.
Baumgartner is reacting to interest groups who say the bridge collapse show the need for higher taxes to pay for highway improvements. He says the bridge collapse has nothing to do with taxes; it's just common sense not to issue permits for trucks bigger than the bridges they cross.
The bill also would require warning signs on bridges with less than 16 feet of clearance.