FEBRUARY 10, 2017


Lawmakers introduce bill on Interstate 5 Bridge replacement

Lauren Dake, February 9, 2017, The Columbian

Southwest Washington lawmakers have introduced a bill in Olympia to address the region’s most divisive topic: how to replace the 100-year-old Interstate 5 Bridge.

The measure introduced Thursday, if passed, would declare replacing the piece of aging infrastructure a project of statewide significance, a move that could expedite the permitting process and construction of a new bridge.

For more than a year, members of the local delegation met behind closed doors to hammer out a deal in an effort to revive productive dialogue surrounding the bridge.

Read more here:  http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/feb/09/lawmakers-introduce-bill-on-interstate-5-bridge-replacement/




Washington lawmakers want to resurrect I-5 bridge

Jeff Manning, February 9, 2017, The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com

Seven Southwest Washington legislators want to resurrect plans to build a new Columbia River bridge linking Portland and Vancouver.

Just don’t call it the Columbia River Crossing.

Vancouver-area lawmakers will drop bills Friday labeling a new I-5 bridge a project of statewide significance and directing Washington Transportation Department officials to sift through millions of dollars’ worth of feasibility studies, environmental impact statements and financial analyses from the last go-round to determine what could be salvaged of the abandoned interstate bridge project.

Read more here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2017/02/son_of_crc_washington_lawmaker.html#incart_river_home_pop


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