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bridge12Maybe Washington governor Jay Inslee should drop by the University of Washington this weekend for some ideas on how to keep the Skagit Valley bridge sturdy again.

Just one week after a bridge spanning the Skagit River collapsed, the UW is hosting a national student steel bridge competition on its campus.

The 2013 National Student Steel Bridge Competition brings together around 600 engineering students from around the nation. Of course, the UW was picked as a host school months before last week’s bridge collapse, but a UW professor said that it may be discussed during a banquet event and many student designs will be structurally similar to the Skagit bridge, which carried more than 70,000 vehicles per day before falling last week.

Plans are in place to build a temporary bridge over the Skagit river to be completed by mid-June. There are currently detour routes set up for those traveling on I-5, which you can also see if you use Google Maps.

Previously on GeekWire: VIDEO: Watch the I-5 bridge collapse into river …  INRIX reacts quickly to I-5 bridge collapse, says traffic delays minimal right now

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