Burlington’s Chamber of Commerce said Saturday some businesses have lost between 40% and 70% of their revenue because of the I-5 bridge collapse and resulting detours.
Chamber Director Linda Fergusson said although freeway traffic is being rerouted into Burlington, few of the drivers are stopping. At the same time, she contended, shoppers are staying away.
“These detours are taking people away from Burlington, Mount Vernon and all the other cities in Skagit County,” Fergusson said.
Last year, Burlington had the most sales tax revenue per capita in Washington.
Much of the business comes from Canadian shoppers. Fergusson pointed out traffic from the north is not impacted by Thursday’s collapse of the I-5 bridge crossing of the Skagit River.
“We need people to know,” Fergusson explained, “All the exits in Burlington are open.”
Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to visit the collapse site Sunday. He is also expected to meet with local businesses to discuss impacts on their operation.