Commission approves naming Skagit River bridge after trooper

Commission approves naming Skagit River bridge after trooper

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Washington State Trooper Sean O'Connell

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 5:58 PM

The state transportation commission has approved naming the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River after a fallen state trooper.

Trooper Sean O’Connell, 38, died in an accident on his motorcycle in June. He was patrolling a detour that was set up after the bridge partially collapsed.

The bridge will be named the Trooper Sean M. O'Connell Jr. Memorial Bridge. The request was made by state senator Kevin Ranker and representatives Jeff Morris and Kristine Lytton.

"Trooper O'Connell represents the best our state has to offer," said Ranker. "Naming the bridge in his honor is the least we can do to say thank you to him, his family and friends for his service and sacrifice to our state and its citizens.”

A temporary bridge is now in place. The permanent replacement is expected by October.

Last week, a Bothell man filed an initiative with the state Legislature to have the bridge named after anti-tax crusader Tim Eyman.

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