A distracted pilot car driver, lack of low-clearance signage on the bridge and poor route planning by the carrier all played a role in the bridge strike and collapse, NTSB says.
The Interstate 5 bridge spanning the Skagit River near Mount Vernon, Wash., has reopened with a reduced speed limit of 40 miles per hour. The bridge reopened this morning, the Washington Department of Transportation announced.
A span of replacement bridge will soon be in place to allow the Interstate 5 bridge that suffered partial collapse last week in Washington to reopen, while the state works on a permanent repair.
Many of the same issues are in the political foreground today around highway regulation and funding as were being debated in 2007 when the Minneapolis I-35W bridge fell, with sometimes overheated rhetoric.
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