Demolition begins on collapsed Skagit River bridge – VIDEO
MOUNT VERNON, WASHINGTON – A demolition crew from Rhine Demolition of Tacoma Washington was brought in Saturday night to start the removal of the fallen Interstate 5 bridge in the Skagit River.
According to officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation, crews must remove the fallen span from the river before final inspections of the bridge and piers can be completed.
Once the inspections are done, engineers with WSDOT can start designing a preferred option to repair the bridge and planning to reopen the bridge.
One of four barges came in Saturday night that carried cranes to help with the removal process. On Sunday, divers will start hooking cables to the vehicles that fell into the river when the bridge collapsed.
“It’s going to be a complicated operation, actually. We need to remove those pieces very carefully because the National Transportation Safety Board wants to inspect them,” said Kris Olsen of the Washington State Department of Transportation.