Skagit Bridge collapse cut out Canadian customers

BELLINGHAM – The number of Canadian shoppers plummeted in parts of Western Washington after the May collapse of an Interstate 5 bridge.

Western Washington University researchers have been observing the number of Canadian and U.S. vehicle license plates at various points along the I-5 corridor, the Bellingham Herald reported. The research began before the Skagit bridge collapse to get a better understanding of Canadian shopping activity in the region.

A license plate survey done after the bridge collapse found that the proportion of Canadian plates at a Costco in Marysville dropped by 80 percent compared to March. Five of six retail areas surveyed south of the Skagit bridge saw a decrease of more than 40 percent.

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