I-5 corridor suffers ā€˜total disruptionā€™ after bridge break (detours included)

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Updated May 29, 2013

i-5 bridgeAn Interstate 5 bridge was hit the evening of May 23 by an oversized truck in Skagit County in Washington state near Mount Vernon and, subsequently, a large piece of the bridge broke loose and fell into the Skagit River.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the corridor is ā€œtotally disruptedā€ and thereā€™s no timeframe yet on when the bridge will be restored.

The stateā€™s Department of Transportation announced earlier today that both directions of I-5 are closed in Skagit County south of Burlington. Users there should expect delays, the WDOT says. Here are the alternate routes the department suggested via its Twitter feed:

Traffic heading south should take eastbound State Route 20, then go south on South Burlington Boulevard and west on East College Way (SR 538) to reconnect with I-5.

Traffic heading north should take eastbound East College Way to northbound Riverside Drive-South Burlington Boulevard, then west on George Hopper Road to I-5. Northbound traffic can also use State Route 9 by taking Exit 221 to SR 534 east to northbound SR 9 to westbound SR20 to I-5.

Hereā€™s the detour map issued by WDOT: