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Traffic Backs Up On I-5 At Mount Vernon

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Transportation Department says traffic on Interstate 5 in Skagit County backed up Friday afternoon about a mile northbound and two miles southbound as cars crawled through detours around the collapsed Skagit River bridge in Mount Vernon. 

An average of 71,000 vehicles a day use the stretch of highway on the main route between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Mount Vernon is about 60 miles north of Seattle and 40 miles south of the Canada border.

The Transportation Department has set up detours. The closest bridge is nearby and mostly used for local traffic between Mount Vernon and Burlington. The department also is recommending detours using Highway 20 and Highway 9 that add tens of miles to a trip. 

Officials are urging drivers to avoid the area if possible.

For a link to the suggested detours, CLICK HERE

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