MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- Drivers returned to work and school on Tuesday after a long holiday weekend and with detours now in place because of the collapsed Skagit River bridge. More than 71,000 drivers used the Interstate 5 span over the river every day.
The Washington state Department of Transportation has organized multiple northbound and southbound detour routes and WSDOT spokesperson Kris Olsen said the agency will be monitoring traffic flows closely on Tuesday morning to see if changes are needed.
Here's what a drive was like at 9:13 a.m. Tuesday for KING 5's Jake Whittenberg:
"Heading south, traffic was stopped before before we could even exit I-5 to take our detour. Then it was stop-and-go on George Hopper Road and Riverside. The closed stretch of I-5 is a mile-and-a-half and takes a few minutes on a typical day. It took us 21 minutes to get around it."