Dave Chesson, WSDOT communications, 360-757-5997 (Burlington)
BURLINGTON – Drivers, businesses and community members who have been affected by the collapse of the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge can learn about progress and next steps to keep traffic moving and get both a temporary and permanent bridge back open.
This Thursday, June 6, the Washington State Department of Transportation will host a community meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Burlington City Council Chambers, 833 South Spruce St., in Burlington.
“Besides losing this important route to thousands of drivers, a burden has been put on the local community for the short term,” said Jay Drye, WSDOT assistant regional administrator. “It’s going to be a long summer with this bridge construction, so we want to take some time to update the community and thank them for their help.”
Within hours of the bridge collapse, law enforcement, engineers, local agencies and contractors began working around the clock to reroute traffic and implement plans for reopening the bridge.
Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton will open the meeting and then WSDOT engineers will discuss progress, traffic conditions and future activities. WSDOT will present the plans for opening the temporary bridge in June, and the proposed schedule for closing I-5 and detouring traffic in the fall, when the permanent bridge section is ready for installation.
Attendees will have the opportunity for questions during the meeting and to meet with engineers before and after the meeting.
For more information on the project or to sign up for e-mail updates, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/SkagitRiverBridgeReplacement.