TRAFFIC | Skagit River Bridge collapse forces drivers to find alternate routes

After the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge, people traveling northbound to Burlington and beyond will have to find alternate routes.

According to, WSDOT is asking drivers to avoid the I-5 Skagit River area if possible, or allow ample time for a slow commute.

Both directions of I-5 are closed in Skagit County.

I-5 is closed in both directions in Skagit County south of Burlington. Traffic is being diverted off southbound I-5 at Exit 230. For an alternate route, take eastbound SR 20, then south on South Burlington Boulevard and west on East College Way (State Route 538) to southbound I-5.

Northbound I-5 traffic must exit at Exit 227. An alternate route is east to East College Way to northbound Riverside Drive South. Burlington Boulevard, then west on George Hopper Road to I-5.

To use State Route 9 as an alternate northbound route, bypassing Mount Vernon, take Exit 221 at SR 534 east to northbound SR 9 to SR 20 westbound to I-5.

For a map of the alternate routes, visit

Get the latest updates from WSDOT on their “What’s Happening” page.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Read the Oct 28
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates