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WSDOT to Raise Clearance on Skagit River Bridge

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to raise the clearance on the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River.

Officials told Skagit County commissioners that the new project would put the trusses 18 feet above the roadway.  Current trusses are just 15 feet, 6 inches at the fog line.

Federal money will pay for the $3 million project.

The work begins this fall following the construction of a permanent replacement for the section that collapsed May 23rd when a truss was hit by an oversize truck.  The collapse closed the bridge for a month.

A temporary span is in place, and the replacement is expected in early September.