NJ bridge builder expanded to Wash. at right time

A collapsed section of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River is seen in an aerial view Friday, May 24, 2013. Part of the bridge collapsed Thursday evening, sending cars and people into the water when a an oversized truck hit the span, the Washington State Patrol chief said. Three people were rescued from the water. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday declared a state of emergency in three counties around the bridge, saying that the bridge collapse has caused extensive disruption, impacting the citizens and economy in Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — New Jersey-based Acrow Bridges found itself in the right place at the right time after the Interstate 5 bridge collapsed in Washington state May 23 when it was hit by an oversize truck.

The Parsippany company is building a temporary 160-foot span over the Skagit River. The Washington Transportation Department hopes the job can be completed by mid-June to reopen two lanes in each direction on the vital trade and tourism route between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Columbian reports (http://bit.ly/11c5sxQ ) the bridge-building company opened a one-person office in Camas and a warehouse in Washougal this spring so it could more quickly respond to customers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and other western states.

Acrow CEO Bill Killeen says the business will expand in the area as needed.


Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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