Editorial cartoon by Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman
DOT: Washington bridge could be out for months
Skagit Valley Herald: It may be months before a replacement bridge can be built across the Skagit River in Washington, the state Department of Transportation spokeswoman said today.
The bridge collapsed Thursday, sending two vehicles into the river. All three occupants suffered minor injuries.
A truck marked as an oversized load struck several trusses on the I-5 bridge near Mount Vernon, Wash., before it collapsed Thursday, a Washington State Patrol trooper said.
So far, the State Patrol does not know if the man was speeding. His name is not being released because he has not been charged with a crime. The incident remains under investigation, Francis said.
“He gave a voluntary blood draw, and it appears he will be released after he is done with his statements and interviews,” Francis said at about 1 a.m. Friday.
The bridge was rated in 2000 and 2010 as functionally obsolete, or outdated, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kris Olsen said.
Photo: The Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 between Burlington and Mount Vernon, Wash., collapsed Thursday just after 7 p.m. PT. (Colette Weeks / Skagit Valley Herald)
“Functionally obsolete”. Kinda like the Republicans in Congress…except without the functional part.
We are a consumer society, not a outsourced, tax haven society.
Money talks, bullshitters like Perry walk.
around this time last year people finally started taking notice of the food-related issues in the upper northern reaches of Canada; consider this your reminder that even since then, juice is still $26 in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, and that the predominately indigenous communities in Canada’s North are forced to pay extraordinarily exorbitant prices for basic groceries due to structural inequity and the contemporary effects of ongoing settler occupation.