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.