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Drivers should prepare for two weeks of daytime delays on State Route 20 at Deception Pass starting next Monday while state Department of Transportation crews clean and inspect the bridge spans along the highway.

Drivers traveling through the area will encounter alternating, single-lane traffic at both the Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges, and may experience delays of up to 20 minutes.

The closure is for the biannual bridge inspection. Maintenance crews will use under-bridge-inspection-trucks to clean and inspect the structure. Additionally, WSDOT will team up with the city of Oak Harbor to inspect waterlines attached to the bridges during the closures. Contractors working for WSDOT to repave the bridges this summer will also take advantage of the lane closures to inspect the asphalt on the bridge decks.

“We know there’s never a good time to close lanes of traffic,” said Bridge Preservation Engineer Harvey Coffman. “But we hope that by combining our work with other groups, we will create less of an impact on drivers in the long run.”

Crews will be at work between Monday, March 30, and Friday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Monday through Thursday. Work will wrap up by noon each Friday, and no work will take place during the weekend. During working hours, drivers will not be allowed to park on Pass Island, between the two bridges.C

Cleaning the bridges improves the efficiency of WSDOT’s rigorous bridge inspection program and ensures the maintenance and repairs extend the bridge’s useful life for years to come.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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