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The King County Road Services Division is already taking steps to prevent a repeat of the Skagit River bridge collapse. That means taking cautionary measures on some bridges and shutting down others all together.

The Stossel Bridge in Carnation was built in 1951. It has a similar design and structure to the collapsed bridge in Skagit County. In addition, it's already been hit and damaged several times by passing vehicles.

We have a small motor home and you think you know how tall you are, but you go under something like this, and also the weight of what you're driving, and you think, oh gosh, is this the one, are we too heavy, are we too big?, said driver Denise Phillips.

Hers is a concern shared by the King County Road Services Division.

Almost immediately following GTE bridge collapse, King County Executive Down Constantine asked his road and bridge specialists to take a closer look at some of the county's bridges, particularly the 11 with a steel truss design similar to the Skagit River Bridge.

On Tuesday, crews installed new signage alerting the public to height restrictions on the Stossel Bridge.

Drivers say it's a welcome sight.

It's nice to know, I never really knew how tall that bridge was, and I always wondered when they bring the big trucks flying across there, said driver Frank Sebenius.

The Road Services Division also decided to shut down the century-old Alvord T. Bridge in Kent a bit earlier than initially planned.

It was already slated to close at the end of June because of safety concerns. As a result of the Skagit River bridge collapse, it will now close Wednesday morning.

Just out of an abundance of caution, we're moving forward with getting that one closed, said Brenda Bauer, who is the Director of the King County Road Services Division. What we used to do was repair, repair, repair, replace, and we're now, financially, we're in a position where we're going to have to repair, repair, repair, close.

In fact, without additional funding she says 35 King County bridges will have to close over the next 25 years.

There are alternate routes already in place near the Alvord T. Bridge, but locals say it will take some time to get used to it.

Still, they understand why it's closing.

I have noticed over the years that more heavy, big vehicles were using it, and they weren't supposed to, one driver said.

Bauer says her staff observed that happening time and time again, which is why they moved up the closure.

They've also worked with emergency responders in the area to make sure they are familiar with alternate routes.

Meanwhile, new signage at the Stossel Bridge is just the first step when it comes to safety on that bridge. Future plans and possibilities includes rumble strips to alert truckers they are approaching the bridge. The Road Services Division is also evaluating traffic calming options in that area.

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