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.
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.