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Back From the Dead: The Columbia River Crossing Between Portland and Vancouver

Washington lawmakers are looking for solutions to worsening congestion between their state and the city of Portland—possible solutions includes a controversial bridge proposal that had been abandoned for years.
February 19, 2017, 1pm PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"It’s been almost three years since Oregon lawmakers walked away from a controversial plan aimed at replacing the Interstate 5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver," reports Phoebe Flanigan.

The bridge, known as the Columbia River Crossing, was thought to be a "never built" relic of past planning dreams. "But as congestion on the 100-year-old bridge gets worse," reports Flanigan, "Washington lawmakers are coming back to the table."

Flanigan is building on an initial scoop by The Columbian that Washington legislators have proposed a bill to bring the idea of building the bridge back to the table. Another bill, House bill 1222, has been proposed by a separate group of legislators, proposing the development of four new regional corridors. 

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Published on Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Oregon Public Broadcasting
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