Alternate Routes

Navigating Around The I-5 Closure At The Skagit River

5/24/2013

Updated Wednesday, 5/29/13 6:40 am ~  I-5 is closed in both directions in Skagit County south of Burlington, due to a section of the Skagit River Bridge falling into the water last week.

Here are photos of the damaged bridge and clean up efforts.The governor announced that a temporary span over the Skagit River may possibly be in place by mid-June.

We'll provide you information from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to help plan your travel. 


What's happening now:

  • Truckloads of bridge parts of the temporary I-5 Skagit River Bridge are rolling in.
  • Crews are already getting ready to assemble the temporary bridge which Gov. Inslee wants in place by mid-June.
  • The majority of debris in the river has been removed, but more difficult pieces to extract remain in the water.
  • It is still an active investigation site. WSDOT is working closely with NTSB to prepare the site to move quickly once the investigation is complete and the temporary bridge can begin to be put into place.

Commute:

On Tuesday, May 28, the first morning commute through detours went smoothly. Ten to 15 minute delays were average. Drivers should continue to allow for extra time in each direction through the detour area.

 

Northbound I-5 Detours


Northbound I-5 Primary Detour   
Use exit 227 and follow signs east to State Route 538/East College Way, turn left onto Riverside Drive then left onto George Hopper Road and back to I-5.


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Northbound I-5 Alternate Detour
Use exit 226 and follow signs west to State Route 536/East Kincaid Street. Continue on SR 536, then turn right onto SR 20 and back to I-5.


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Northbound I-5 Detour - Anacortes Ferry
Use exit 226 and follow signs west to State Route 536/East Kincaid Street. Continue on SR 536, then turn left onto SR 20 and follow signs to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal.


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Southbound I-5 Detours  


Southbound I-5 Primary Detour
Use exit 229 and follow signs east onto George Hopper Road. Next, head south on Riverside Drive/Burlington Boulevard, then turn right onto State Route 538/East College Way and back to I-5. 


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Southbound I-5 Alternate Detour

Use exit 230 and follow signs west to State Route 20/Avon Cutoff then south onto Avon Allen Road. From there, head east on State Route 536/Memorial Highway and back to I-5. 

Trucks should not use this detour.


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