The Skagit River Bridge will reopen today (Wednesday, June 19) and the speed limit on the bridge will be reduced to 40 miles per hour, announced Washington State governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday.
When the bridge collapsed, three people in two vehicles tumbled into the river, although no major injuries were reported. The collapse was caused when an Alberta trucker clipped part of the “structurally deficient” bridge.
Travis Phelps, a spokesman for Washington Department of Transportation, said trucks that require a special permit to travel on state highways (due to their height, width, weight, or length) will be banned from the bridge.
“If you’re getting a permit to drive on the highway, you won’t be going over this bridge,” said Phelps. “You’ll be using the detour routes.”