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Skagit River Bridge Collapse: Plans Underway To Construct Pair Of Temporary Steel Bridges Across River

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A collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge lies at the Skagit River Friday, May 24, 2013, in Mount Vernon, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) | AP

SEATTLE -- Plans are underway to construct a pair of temporary steel bridges across the Skagit River in northern Washington state where a highway span collapsed into the water last week.

The Associated Press has learned from an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement that the bridges will go up next to the original span and will allow limited travel over Interstate 5.

Planners hope to have the temporary structures in place within three weeks. Repair work would then begin on the damaged bridge, with a goal of finishing that work by fall.

The federal government is expected to cover 90 percent of the cost of the temporary bridge and the replacement.

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