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Members confirmed for Interstate 5 Bridge replacement group

Members confirmed for Interstate 5 Bridge replacement group

- The Columbian
The Interstate Bridge Replacement Project’s executive steering group held its third meeting Wednesday and voted to confirm a proposed membership lineup for the community advisory group, the second of three advisory groups that the bi-state project office intends to rely on for feedback as it develops a potential replacement for the Interstate 5 Bridge.
“We are shifting from first gear into second gear and going into a very public phase of the IBR program,” said Program...

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 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...

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...

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...

Summit sounds alarm on I-5 Bridge, traffic congestion

Summit sounds alarm on I-5 Bridge, traffic congestion

Portland’s ranking in U.S., world catches audience by surprise

- The Columbian
More frequent crashes, more people waiting in longer and longer traffic jams and lost business productivity are just some of the many troubles associated with traveling the Interstate 5 Bridge today, and it won’t get any better unless a new crossing is built.
That was the message at the Business Leaders Regional Transportation Summit, a symposium primarily focused on the transportation hindrances associated with the antiquated bridge, and getting across the message to political...

Tolling twist: Oregon might toll all Portland area freeways

Tolling twist: Oregon might toll all Portland area freeways

Murray sends letter to Gov. Brown saying don’t go with Concept C

- The Columbian
Oregon transportation officials confirmed Thursday that they will abide by a committee’s recommendation and not immediately pursue tolling on Interstates 5 and 205 from the Washington border.
But they will consider imposing tolls on all Portland-area freeways.
The news came in a letter Thursday to Sen. Patty Murray, who had written to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asking her to ensure that the Oregon Transportation Commission respect a recommendation made by the Portland Region Value...

Fix I-5 Now on The Columbian

I-5 Bridge ‘tough topic’ in transportation plan

Structure not seismically stable; importance of planning emphasized

- The Columbian
The thorny subject of replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge, Southwest Washington’s most divisive piece of infrastructure, has not escaped the attention of the state’s long-term transportation planners.
The bridge is the first issue discussed in the “Tough Topics” section of the draft Washington Transportation Plan — 2040 and Beyond, a long-term transportation plan created by the Washington State Transportation Commission.
“Replacing this vital...