1 year since I-5 bridge fell into Skagit River

1 year since I-5 bridge fell into Skagit River

Credit: KING

The Interstate 5 bridge in Mount Vernon, Wash., one day after a section collapsed into the Skagit River, May 24, 2013.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 9:31 AM

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- It's been a year since an oversized truck knocked a section of an Interstate 5 bridge into the Skagit River and traffic is flowing over the replacement span, but dozens of other aging bridges in Washington are still listed as deficient.

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And, plans to create an online map of state bridges for truckers are stalled for lack of funding.

Two vehicles with three people fell into water on May 23, 2013. No one died, but state Trooper Sean O'Connell was killed a week later while detouring traffic through Mount Vernon and Burlington.

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A temporary span was in place in a month. A permanent span opened in September, and work was completed in November to square off the arched support beams and raise the clearance on the I-5 Skagit River bridge.

WATCH: Man who survived bridge collapse recounts experience

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