SR529 bridge repaired, reopened after crash caused by fleeing driver

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EVERETT, Wash. —

The northbound section of the State Route 529 Bridge across the Snohomish River reopened Tuesday after crews finished repairing structural damage caused by a fleeing driver who police said was drunk.



The span was closed early Saturday morning after the crash, and crews worked around the clock through rough weather to design, build and install replacement parts for the 85-year-old bridge, the Washington State Department of Transportation said.



The closure of the northbound bridge led to back-ups stretched about 6 miles long Monday night. The bridge carries about 15,000 vehicles a day.



Repairs are estimated to be $30,000. The Department of Transportation plans to ask the driver's insurance company to pay the costs.