The I-5 Bridge Collapse: Your Questions Answered

Many of us were shocked and disturbed to learn that an I-5 bridge over the Skagit river collapsed last night.  Here are some resources that can help answer your questions.

bridge collapse

Where can I learn more about what happened?

Interstate 5 Bridge Collapses over Skagit River
I-5 bridge Collapse Caused by Oversize Load
Canadian Trucking Co. says it had Permit to Cross Bridge
Survivor: ‘It was just a white flash and cold water’


How do I get around the closed area?

I-5 bridge investigation continues; detour available Friday morning
Detour Map

What about other bridges, roads, and public works in Washington state and the country? Which others are in danger, and what can we do about it?

2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers
Washington’s report card
WSDOT Bridge Preservation Program
WSDOT Bridge Assessment Annual Update (dated 2007)
FHWA Deploys Robot to Collect Bridge Information

What about the bridges in Kitsap County?  

A staff member at the Kitsap public works department was confident about the state of Kitsap County’s bridges. The county is legally required to inspect bridges every 2 years; however, he stated that Kitsap County goes above and beyond by inspecting every year.  Learn more about how bridges are inspected and reviewed in the state and locally:

Kitsap County Public Works Department, Roads
WSDOT Bridge Program Quality Assurance (QA) Reviews
WSDOT Local Bridges Program

Still have questions? Post them in the comments below.

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