Repainting Rainbow Bridge may be a dream


January 24, 2024

Nancy Crowell

FROM THIS ANGLE THE PAINT JOB LOOKS FINE – Perspective is everything, in all ways. When this photo was taken in December 2020 the Rainbow Bridge glowed brightly in the evening light. Seen by day, the shine is gone.

When the iconic Rainbow Bridge, the often-photographed arched orange span synonymous with La Conner opened in 1957, it looked like a million.

Fast forward to 2024 and the now faded local landmark requires several millions – as in dollars – to reclaim its original bright orange appeal.

The estimated cost of repainting Rainbow Bridge, which links La Conner and the Skagit County mainland with Fidalgo Island and Swinomish Reservation, is about $4 million, town resident Linda Peterson learned from Skagit County Public Works staff.

Peterson has been concerned about the bridge's condition f...

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