Traffic engineers talk about what's next for Skagit River Bridge

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 6 at 10:34 PM

BURLINGTON, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Transportation met with members of the Burlington and Mount Vernon communities Thursday tonight to discuss progress and the next steps for the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge.

Sisters Maria and Shawnee Soria attended because they said their coffee stand business is being impacted by the bridge collapse. They own the Coffee Barn in Burlington. It is located right off of Interstate 5.

"Everyone is rerouted to different roads so they are not coming our way anymore," said Shawnee. "I have laid off every single employee except for one, and I am working all the hours myself."

They said sales are down 70 percent since the bridge collapse.

"People aren't stopping in town because you cant get back on the road because the traffic is so bad," said Maria.

WSDOT Traffic engineers said the public could begin to see some progress with a temporary bridge that will eventually fill the 160 foot gap. The goal is to have the short term solution in place soon, possibly by the third week of June.

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