Rep. Hans Zeiger: Fast-track replacement of deficient bridges, skip environmental study

Staff writerJune 7, 2013 

While the bridge that fell into the Skagit River last month was not deemed “structurally deficient,” the collapse is drawing attention to the 135 state bridges that are in that more serious category.

The latest response in the Legislature is from Rep. Hans Zeiger, a Puyallup Republican, and a bipartisan group of legislators. They introduced a bill today to fast-track the repair or replacement of deficient bridges.

“Structurally deficient” simply means that a bridge is in need of repair or replacement.

For those bridges, transportation officials would be allowed to skip some of the steps in the bidding process, as they already do when an emergency damages a highway, and also would skip an environmental assessment or impact statement.

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