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Oregon and Washington: We’ll start building a new Interstate Bridge by 2025

Oregon and Washington: We’ll start building a new Interstate Bridge by 2025

- The Oregonian
Federal highway officials on Tuesday endorsed an accelerated timeline proposed by Oregon and Washington transportation officials that sets the two states on a fast track toward construction on a new Interstate Bridge by 2025.
Last month, the two states requested a 10-year extension on their timeline to show progress on the bridge project or face repaying nearly $140 million in planning costs tied to the Columbia River Crossing Project. That request would’ve given the states until...

Oregon will spend $9 million on new Interstate Bridge project

Oregon will spend $9 million on new Interstate Bridge project

- The Oregonian
Oregon will spend $9 million on the newly revived effort to replace the Interstate Bridge over the Columbia River, a decision officials say is intended to show the state’s growing commitment to the once moribund project.
Top transportation decisionmakers approved a plan Friday to direct a large share of unanticipated federal money toward the bridge project.
The funding plan comes days after Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney appointed a new...

Oregon kicks in $9 million for I-5 Bridge replacement

Oregon kicks in $9 million for I-5 Bridge replacement

Transportation commission bumps up suggested $5 million contribution to send ‘message’ about project’s importance

- The Columbian
Oregon has provided $9 million toward operating an office to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge.
The Oregon Transportation Commission, meeting Friday in Ashland, Ore., increased a proposed $5 million contribution to underscore the project’s importance and to come closer to the Washington Legislature’s $35 million contribution earlier this year.
“I just want to make sure we are sending a message of interest and moving forward on this,” said Bob Van Brocklin, vice...

Oregon creates bipartisan Interstate Bridge committee, but ‘it’s going to be slow’

Oregon creates bipartisan Interstate Bridge committee, but ‘it’s going to be slow’

- The Oregonian
Oregon’s top political leaders are, it seems, finally convinced that Washington is serious about reviving efforts to replace the aging Intestate Bridge.
On Wednesday, House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney formally appointed eight state lawmakers to a new joint committee tasked with overseeing the bridge talks and working with lawmakers from the other side of the Columbia River on kickstarting that decades-old planning effort.
The bureaucratic maneuver...

Oregon appoints eight to I-5 Bridge panel

Oregon appoints eight to I-5 Bridge panel

Legislators will join Washington counterparts as states move past Columbia River Crossing’s failure

- The Columbian
Oregon is revving up efforts on the south side of the Columbia River to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge.
Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney and Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek announced Wednesday they have appointed eight legislators to an I-5 Bridge committee.
“That thing needs to be fixed,” Courtney, D-Salem, said in a phone interview. “I just want to get it done. … That bridge is in very bad shape, whether it’s earthquakes you are talking about...

I-5 bridge bill signed by governor

I-5 bridge bill signed by governor

Local opponents say legislation would slow down additional crossing work

- The Reflector
A bill that would put greater support behind the replacement of the Interstate 5 bridge was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee last week following legislative approval last month, with a few Southwest Washington lawmakers worried it shifts the focus away from building additional bridges over the Columbia River.
On April 24 Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1994 was signed by the governor following earlier approval by the Washington State Senate 40-5 April 10. The bill provides a framework to...

Legislature OKs bill to boost project to replace I-5 Bridge

Legislature OKs bill to boost project to replace I-5 Bridge

Measure would designate bridge work as of statewide significance

- The Columbian
While many of the details of a replacement Interstate 5 Bridge have yet to be worked out, Washington lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a bill that’s intended to hasten the project’s development once an agreement is struck.
On Wednesday, the Senate passed HB 1994, which would create a process to designate transportation projects as being of statewide significance and is squarely aimed at expediting the replacement of the bridge. The bill passed on a 41-5 vote with the...

Replacing century-old I-5 Bridge requires courageous leadership

Replacing century-old I-5 Bridge requires courageous leadership

This task should be considered an imperative for the vitality of our region, its citizens

- Vancouver Business Journal
The I-5 bridge connecting Washington and Oregon just celebrated its 102nd anniversary.
The first span replaced an overcrowded ferry system thanks to courageous leadership from Clark and Multnomah County leaders who fronted $1.75 million for construction paid by nickel tolls per horse and car. A second span was added 60 years ago, making way for one-way traffic on each span. Currently, the bridge carries about 135,000 vehicles a day. Its companion, the I-205 bridge, carries about 160,000...

Interstate 5 traffic causes freight travel fatigue

Interstate 5 traffic causes freight travel fatigue

Truckers, Port of Vancouver, businesses, others devise ways to grapple with I-5 Bridge backups

- The Columbian
It’s 2:10 p.m. on a Monday and northbound traffic has slowed to a crawl near the Interstate 5 Bridge.
Nearby, Steve Johnson is polishing off breakfast at the Cascade Grill in the Jubitz Travel Center.
Johnson’s day started in Pierce County, delivering produce to the Costco Distribution Center in Sumner. After unloading his cargo, he headed south to the Jubitz mini-city at 10210 N. Vancouver Way in Portland. His leased Freightliner Cascadia tractor-trailer sits in the...

Vancouver federal legislative agenda: New I-5 bridge top goal

Vancouver federal legislative agenda: New I-5 bridge top goal

Relationships with Oregon crucial, city's federal government liaison says

- The Columbian
In Vancouver, it all comes down to the Interstate 5 Bridge.
The city council was briefed on its 2019 federal legislative agenda Monday night, and unsurprisingly, replacing the I-5 Bridge was the top goal.
“We need to lay the groundwork to build the relationships once again in Oregon,” said Joel Rubin, the city’s federal government liaison.
Rubin said that having U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., in his new position as House Transportation and Infrastructure...