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CRC Hits Troubled Waters In Washington Senate

OPB | April 17, 2013 6:03 p.m. | Updated: April 18, 2013 7:29 a.m. | Portland

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The $3.5 billion effort to build a new bridge between Portland and Vancouver is in trouble in the Washington Senate.

Some senators have questioned the project’s cost,design, and whether it will actually deliver promised jobs and traffic relief.

Now, Senator Ann Rivers — a Southwest Washington Republican on the Ways and Means committee — says there isn’t support to fund the project.

“At this point, I do not see the Columbia River Crossing receiving any funding in any package that would be supported by the members of the majority coalition caucus.”

Annette Cleveland, Democratic Senator from Vancouver, said she was disapointed, “If in fact what Senator Rivers has stated is true, then I’m truly disappointed that an entire caucus would be so very opposed to replacing what’s clearly an outmoded, unsafe bridge,”

The Washington House has included $450 million for a new bridge in its transportation package. Oregon has already approved its share of thefunding.

Federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in Olympia last week praising the project. But LaHood warned legislators that the window for federal funds was closing.

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