Here at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington, we got an up close and personal look at the Skagit River bridge collapse that took down both directions of I-5 just south Sims Honda in Burlington.
The sound of the failing metal of the bridge could be heard by many in the area working late that Thursday evening.
The affects of this major economic lifeline will be felt by many businesses in Skagit and Whatcom counties, including Sims Honda and Northwest Honda.
“Many business are concerned,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “Traffic has been really horrible on and off around here since it happened. And for good reason. This stretch of freeway to Canada is the fourth busiest in the nation. And, we’re concerned that locals aren’t going to want to venture out as much because of the traffic. It’s still early and only time will tell, but, hopefully, we can get the temporary bridge over the river soon and get things back to normal.”
At Northwest Honda in Bellingham there is a real concern that Canadian consumers may not want to come south of the border because of the headaches.
“The bridge collapse is about 30 minutes south of Bellingham, but many Canadians stop by on their way to shop other places in Mount Vernon, Marysville, and Seattle,” Tony Carter, general manager of Northwest Honda said. “Some might think it’s too big of a hassle, but we want to them to know that we’re open for business and it should be smooth sailing to get to and from Northwest Honda from Canada.”
We are here to tell you that Sims Honda and Northwest Honda are open for business and we are encouraging local consumers and consumers around the state to come by. A temporary bridge is set to be in place over the river by the middle of June and traffic flows should go back to normal. Until that time, there are a couple alternate routes to get to Sims Honda that are really not too long or complicated, so don’t be intimidated by reports you hear on the news!
If you have questions about our business or the best ways to get to Sims Honda or Northwest Honda, please do not hesitate to call us. We’ll be here.