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May 24, 2013

In local news, bridge down Canada cut off

I-5 bridge collapse survivor: 'You hold on' Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust." .... They were injured, but miraculously, authorities said it appeared nobody was killed in the bridge failure that raised the question about the safety of aging spans and cut off the main route between Seattle and Canada.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 24, 2013 9:59 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Infrastructure: not sexy enough to spend on, yet one of the few things you can actually say government ought to do. Fixing a bridge doesn't get you reelected, though.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 24, 2013 1:20 PM

Fixing this bridge will sure make Inslee popular with the Canucks. And me. I live two miles from the bridge. Usually use it several times a week as I go about my business. The detour wiil make the trip from Mt. Vernon to Burlington a real hassle because we'll now have freeway traffic on the surface streets 24/7. The price one pays for living in the big city, heh?

Could probably be rebuilt in six months if this was a red state like Wyoming. My guess is it will take two years. Sob!

The extra 10 cents Inslee wants for infrastructure building wouldn't bother me if they would put all the gas tax money in a "lock box" and use it only for infrastructure. For the last twenty years they have seldom used the gas tax for transportation projects. There's always some more pressing social program or increased bureaucracy that comes first.

I expect Obama to be here soon for a photo op and a big check for "disaster relief."

Well, the merchants in Bellingham and Burlington are going to love the increased deluge of Canadian loonies. Those Canucks that have been going to Alderwood Mall and the Tulalip outlet stores are now going to be doing most of their shopping north of the Skagit River.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at May 24, 2013 4:45 PM

Given the Washington DOT, more like 10 years. They take their time in Washington heh

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 24, 2013 4:54 PM

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