I can’t believe it’s already been a year, but the end of May marked the one year anniversary of the Skagit River Bridge collapse. While a bridge collapse is never a good thing, it brought some reality to our community that we at SRTC had been trying to pass on to the community; that our infrastructure is aging and there is very limited money to fund rehabilitating it so we have to make some tough choices.

After – The completed bridge.

We have several bridges in the Spokane area that need rehabbed or work done to allow them to carry more traffic. Now the question is- how to pay for them.

A temporary fix was made to the Skagit bridge in less than a month, followed by a permanent replacement in 66 days using a creative design-build method that minimized traffic impacts. It’s these kind of innovations that we’re going to have to look at in the future to get things done.

Here’s a recap of the bridge collapse and what happened after, as remembered by Washington State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.

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