Crews will inspect Skagit River Bridge after metal pieces comes loose



BURLINGTON, Wash. - Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation said the new temporary Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 will be closed one lane at a time on Saturday night for inspections.

Transportation Department spokesman Kris Olsen said the inspections became necessary because part of an "L" joint that holds the asphalt in place between the temporary bridge and permanent roadway came loose earlier Saturday. 

The right lane of the bridge was closed Saturday morning for about two hours while crews welded the joint back into place and spread new asphalt. 

The rest of the joints will be inspected between 8 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday. 

The inspection may cause slight delays and drivers are urged to take alternate routes. 

On May 23, a portion of the Skagit River Bridge collapsed after a truck struck the steel supports. 

A temporary replacement span was completed in June, and I-5 traffic was reopened.