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Skagit bridge rename proposed

OLYMPIA -- Legislators from a northern Puget Sound district want to rename the Skagit River bridge for the state trooper who was killed there last week.

The delegation from the 40th District said this morning the state should rename the bridge in honor of Trooper Sean O'Connell, who was killed Friday while directing traffic that needs to be rerouted because a section of the bridge collapsed the previous week.

Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island and Reps. Jeff Morris of Mount Vernon and Kristine Lytton of Anacortes, all Democrats, said renaming the span the Troooper #1076 Sean M. O'Connell Memorial Bridge is a small token that "doesn't even begin to display the level of appreciation all Washingtonians have for his service or the heartache and compassion we feel for his family in the wake of his loss."

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