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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 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...

Wheeler: Oregon, Washington should 'get job done' on I-5 bridge

Wheeler: Oregon, Washington should 'get job done' on I-5 bridge

- The Oregonian
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday that officials in Oregon and Washington should begin working together again in earnest to replace the Interstate Bridge.
Yet Wheeler said he approaches talks of bridge replacement "with a healthy dose of skepticism," given that Oregon spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a river crossing project, and Washington terminated its efforts after its legislature failed to adopt funding.
Wheeler said any work by Oregon and Washington on a bridge...

Latest to endorse I-5 bridge talks: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

Latest to endorse I-5 bridge talks: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

- The Oregonian
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Monday that regional officials should renew talks about replacing the Interstate Bridge, making him the latest of many officials to endorse a new round of discussions.
"I think we should talk about it," Wheeler said. "I think we should engage."
The mayor stopped short of endorsing any particular plan.
House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, said last week that it is her goal for Oregon and Washington officials to begin talks in 2019.
The...

Tina Kotek: Oregon and Washington lawmakers should meet to talk Interstate Bridge

Tina Kotek: Oregon and Washington lawmakers should meet to talk Interstate Bridge

- The Oregonian
House Speaker Tina Kotek wants to sit down with Washington lawmakers before the end of the year with a simple goal: Talk about meeting again sometime in 2019 to discuss replacing the Interstate Bridge.
"I know that might seem like a low bar," Kotek said about talking about talking, "but that will get us started."
The Portland Democrat spoke Wednesday at a transportation forum in North Portland, saying she welcomes a renewed commitment from Washington legislators who appear ready to...

Washington tries to woo Oregon back to Interstate Bridge

Washington tries to woo Oregon back to Interstate Bridge

- The Oregonian
Before she entered politics, Anne McEnerny-Ogle was a junior high math teacher who commuted for a quarter-of-a-century between Clark County and Lake Oswego.
As Vancouver’s mayor, solving problems is an integral part of her life. So is the 100-year-old Interstate Bridge, the Interstate 5 drawbridge over the Columbia River that still stands unchanged despite calls for its replacement since the 1990s.
Now, five years after a few Washington state senators left Oregon at the altar...

New I-5 bridge with transit, room for bikes? Vancouver council says yes

New I-5 bridge with transit, room for bikes? Vancouver council says yes

- The Oregonian
Vancouver's City Council unanimously threw its support Monday behind building a new Interstate 5 bridge spanning the Columbia River with separated transit and improved bike and pedestrian facilities.
Almost five years after the Columbia River Crossing officially died despite nearly $190 million worth of planning over more than a decade, Vancouver's city leaders voted Monday to try to revive the bridge project. But the city appeared to leave the door open for bus-rapid transit in lieu of...