BURLINGTON, Wash. -- State transportation officials say the new temporary Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 was closed one lane at a time on Saturday night for inspections.

Transportation Department spokesman Kris Olsen says the inspections became necessary before part of an L joint that holds the asphalt in place between the temporary bridge and permanent roadway came loose earlier Saturday.

The right lane of the bridge was closed Saturday morning for about two hours while crews welded the joint back into place and spread new asphalt.

The rest of the joints have been inspected since 8 p.m. Saturday and will continue through 5 a.m. Sunday.

A portion of the Skagit River Bridge collapsed on May 23 after a truck struck some critical steel supports. A temporary span was opened about a month later.

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