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Company's new Camas office gets bridge collapse job

Company's new Camas office gets bridge collapse job
Renderings of the temporary fix that is planned for the bridge (courtesy of the Washington Department of Transportation).

CAMAS, Wash. - A company that just opened an office in Camas is supplying the temporary bridge that will span the Skagit River following a collapse.

A section of the Interstate 5 bridge over the river near Mount Vernon (north of Seattle) collapsed May 23 when it was struck by an oversized load.

Three people survived when a portion of the bridge went into the water, taking them with it. No one was killed.

ACROW Bridges, which is a New Jersey firm, shipped about 10 truckloads of parts from its new Camas facility.

Washington's transportation secretary said work can begin as soon as the National Transportation Safety Board finishes its site investigation of the bridge collapse and all of the broken pieces are removed.

The Washington State Department of Transportation hopes to have the temporary section in place by the middle of June and a permanent fix by September.

Traffic is being detoured in the meantime.