by: Graham Johnson Updated:
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - There was visible progress late Friday afternoon in the work to get Interstate 5 traffic moving again over the Skagit River.
Part of a temporary span is now sticking out over the Skagit River. In the days ahead, more of that span will be moved over the river to form a temporary bridge.
On Friday, divers were not able to get in the water to inspect the piers on the collapsed bridge because the river was too high. The water level is forecast to lower again by Monday, so divers hope to be able to go in then.
Bridge engineers need to know if the substructure of the bridge was damaged at all in the collapse.
Divers were not able to do that inspection until federal investigators finished work at the scene earlier this week.
The Washington State Department of Transportation does not expect this delay to affect the overall timeline of the project. A WSDOT spokesman said Friday things are on track to have the temporary bridge open the third week of June. A permanent fix will come in September.