I-5 Skagit River Bridge Emergency Replacement

We’ve asked a lot from WSDOT, Atkinson, and their subcontractors, and they delivered. I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this happen, and those who have been patient to see it through.
Jay Inslee, Governor, Washington State
Location: 
Mount Vernon, Washington
Client: 
Washington State Department of Transportation
Contract Value: 
$6,000,000
Year Completed: 
2013

In May 2013, span 8 of the I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapsed when an oversized load struck the steel truss. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) awarded Atkinson the contract for the emergency replacement project.

The I-5 Skagit River Bridge Emergency Replacement contract was limited to “pre-approved” contractors. Due to Atkinson’s previous success on WSDOT projects, the company was one of three pre-approved emergency contractors eligible to construct the replacement bridge.

Atkinson removed the debris from the Skagit River, repaired damage to the remaining bridge spans, and installed a temporary replacement. The temporary replacement section for the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River carries two lanes in each direction. The team installed two 160-foot Acrow structural steel Bailey bridge spans. The connection was paved, striped, and equipped with new reduced speed limit signs. 

Atkinson completed the bridge replacement in just 30 days.