Skagit Valley Bridge Collapse will Present Delays

Skagit Valley Bridge Collapse will Present Delays

DSCN0161The Skagit Valley north of Seattle, WA has become an important produce shipping area over the past couple of decades and has particularly become known for its quality fresh potatoes.  Thus, with the collapse May 24 of a bridge in the area on Interstate 5, it is going to mean problems for produce truckers, and Skagit Valley shippers, not to mention big rigs just passing through the area.

Both truckers and farmers are constantly facing new challenges and this is certainly another one.

The Skagit Valley has built an admirable reputation for growing and shipping  conventional red, white, gold and purple potatoes as well as organic red and russet potatoes, that are shipped all over the country.

A temporary bridge is expected to be in place in a few weeks, but transportation over this portion of I-5 certainly will not be back to normal when Skagit Valley potato shipments get underway in August.

The bridge collapse sent cars and people into the river.  Three people were sent to area hospitals for treatment, but there were no fatalities.

It has been reported that an oversized and overweight big rig struck a girder at the top of the bridge, causing the collapse.