Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"Bridge Collapse Tears at a Town's Economy" | Skagit Bridge Collapse for The New York Times


BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - MAY, WEDNESDAY, 2013:  Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory proprietors Monique Banta, center, and Angela Walden, right, watch the near-empty parking lot outside of their business on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Burlington, Wash. Following the I-5 bridge collapse connecting Mount Vernon and Burlington on May 23, the store has seen less than half of normal business. CREDIT: Jordan Stead for The New York Times


BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - MAY, WEDNESDAY, 2013:  A view of a near-empty parking lot of one of the most popular outlet malls in Skagit County on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Burlington, Wash. Following the I-5 bridge collapse on May 23, the number of shoppers - both Canadian and American - dipped to unparalleled lows because of traffic congestion and driving access limitations in the area. CREDIT: Jordan Stead for The New York Times


BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - MAY, WEDNESDAY, 2013:  A view of construction on the I-5 bridge collapse on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Burlington, Wash. The collapse of the bridge dumped two vehicles, a travel trailer and some bridge beams into the water on May 23. CREDIT: Jordan Stead for The New York Times


BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - MAY, WEDNESDAY, 2013:  Jay Drye, an engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation, discusses specifics on the upcoming temporary and permanent fixes for the I-5 bridge collapse Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Burlington, Wash. While the temporary bridge is expected to be up and operational within the next month, the best permanent solution is still being decided upon. CREDIT: Jordan Stead for The New York Times


BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - MAY, WEDNESDAY, 2013:  Alicia Wiseman, manager at the Ashley Furniture HomeStore, watches the traffic congestion outside of her business on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Burlington, Wash. Despite a positive outlook on the I-5 bridge collapse and its economic effects on the area, Alicia estimates business is down 55 percent at her store, compared to this time last year. CREDIT: Jordan Stead for The New York Times


BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - MAY, WEDNESDAY, 2013:  Trucks bearing heavy loads mix with the congestion of commuter cars on Burlington Boulevard outside of the Ashley Furniture HomeStore Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Burlington, Wash. Business is down 55 percent at the store when compared to numbers from this time last year. CREDIT: Jordan Stead for The New York Times


BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - MAY, WEDNESDAY, 2013:  Pam Nelson, owner of Foothills Toyota, discusses her unwavering support to remain faithful to current employees through tough economic times following the I-5 bridge collapse Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Burlington, Wash. The collapse of a section of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River on May 23 directed interstate traffic onto local roads, thus clogging up streets and leeching business from stores. CREDIT: Jordan Stead for The New York Times


BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - MAY, WEDNESDAY, 2013:  Commuters and load-bearing semi trucks ensnare Burlington Boulevard on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Burlington, Wash. The collapse of a section of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River on May 23 directed interstate traffic onto local roads, thus clogging up streets and leeching business from stores. CREDIT: Jordan Stead for The New York Times

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