Both quick, long-term fixes in works for WA bridge

Associated Press
Workers walk past the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge at the Skagit River Friday, May 24, 2013, in Mount Vernon, Wash. A truck carrying an oversize load struck the four-lane bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the Skagit River below Thursday evening. All three occupants suffered only minor injuries.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state officials say it's going to take time to find both short- and long-term fixes for the bridge that collapsed on Interstate 5 on Thursday.

First, the National Transportation and Safety Board must finish its inspection. Then debris will be removed from the river. Next, a temporary solution will be put in place to return traffic to Washington state's most important north-south roadway.

Transportation spokesman Bart Treece says motorists should not expect to be driving on I-5 between Mount Vernon and Burlington for many weeks and possibly months.

He asks people to plan for an extra hour to make their way through detours around the collapsed bridge.

Late Saturday morning, traffic was moving freely through the detours. Treece predicts it will get busier as the holiday weekend progresses.

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