Crews hope to reopen Everett's SR 529 bridge by noon Tuesday

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by GLENN FARLEY / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 3 at 6:59 PM

The northbound lanes of the SR 529 bridge between Everett and Marysville has been closed since early Saturday morning when an SUV crashed into part of the structure, damaging major pieces of the bridge's structural steel.

Washington State Department of Transportation officials had hoped to have the repairs completed by Monday morning, but heavy rains on Sunday caused a delay. The state says it hopes to have the bridge reopened by mid-day Tuesday.

The bridge over the Snohomish River provides an important alternate to Interstate 5 between Everett and Marysville, and the loss of the northbound lanes led to headaches for drivers who have come to rely on it. The state says 15,000 vehicles use the bridge daily.

The repairs are estimated cost $30,000, and WSDOT said it will try and recoup that money from the driver who caused the damage -- a 37-year-old woman who suffered only minor injuries.

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