Wash. on tight deadline to replace bridge

May 29, 2013 | 04:52 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  steel, bridge, Washington, Skagit River, Buy America

LOS ANGELES — The state of Washington has given itself a relatively tight four-month target to install a permanent replacement for the collapsed Skagit River bridge as potential steel suppliers make quick estimates of the volume of steel that might be required.

Gov. Jay Inslee has told state engineers he wants a "permanent fix" by the fall for the vital Interstate 5 bridge, which connects Seattle with Vancouver, British Columbia, a spokesman for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said this week.

"That’s the challenge we’ve been given," said Harvey Coffman, the state’s bridge preservation engineer. ....

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