Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is asking state lawyers and transportation officials to evaluate a proposal to build a new bridge linking Portland and Vancouver without funding from Washington state.
Kitzhaber says in a letter to House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney that he’ll make the research available by Sept. 15 so they can promptly decide whether to move forward.
Oregon approved $450 million for the project, but lawmakers said the money could only be spent if Washington also approved funding. The spending bill died in Olympia.
Project backers now propose building a new bridge and interchanges on the Oregon side using money from tolls, the federal government and the State of Oregon. Vancouver freeway interchanges north of State Route 14 would be delayed until Washington approved funding.