MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - Nothing is stopping repairing the bridge over the Skagit River that collapsed on May yet.
However, the work to put a permanent replacement span on the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge is at a crucial stage. The Transportation Department says eight huge girders are being moved into place next to the temporary span. Spokesman Dave Chesson in Burlington says three were delivered Tuesday; three are arriving Wednesday; and the last two on Thursday. Each one is 162 feet long and weighs 84 tons. Moving each girder into place is a tricky maneuver that requires two cranes - one on a floating platform in the Skagit River. Chesson says the work is on track to move the permanent replacement into place after Labor Day.