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Current schedule has I-5 Skagit River Bridge span sliding into place Saturday night

(BURLINGTON)– The WSDOT is just about ready to install the permanent span in the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge.  The girders are in place and the rail system for moving the span is ready. The final step, pouring the concrete deck, is on schedule to be completed early this week.  Once the concrete is cured, the permanent span is ready to be installed.  Barring any last minute schedule changes, drivers will wake up to a new, permanent span this Sunday morning.  In spite of the complexity of the project, its fast-paced schedule and the recent heavy rain, contractor crews working for the WSDOT are ready to put the finishing touches on the new span, and slide it into place Saturday night.  “The contractor will detour I-5 traffic through the cities of Burlington and Mount Vernon for approximately 12 hours to remove the temporary spans and install the permanent span,” said Assistant Regional Administrator Jay Drye.  “Moving bridges is not easy.  Drivers need to stay engaged and plan for detours.”