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Public Questions East Columbia Bridge Idea

OPB | July 29, 2014 3:44 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 2, 2014 7:50 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

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Clark County Commissioners voted Tuesday to put a measure on the November ballot that would gauge voter support for a new Columbia River bridge.

Elevation view of proposed bridge connecting Clark County, Washington with Multnomah County in Oregon.

Elevation view of proposed bridge connecting Clark County, Washington with Multnomah County in Oregon.

Rendering provided by FIGG

Commissioners heard from residents living on both sides of the Columbia, about the proposed span that would run east of the Interstate 205 bridge.

Most who testified raised concerns.

Kelly Love, CEO and President of the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, says the group has a series of questions, including how the $860 million proposed bridge would be financed.

“Is Oregon supportive? So far the project calls for the bridge to dead end at Airport Way, one of the most congested arterials in Northeast Portland already,” Love said.

Cut-away rendering of proposed bridge over the Columbia River.

Cut-away rendering of proposed bridge over the Columbia River.

Rendering provided by FIGG

Vancouver resident Craig Dewey says the east county bridge proposal doesn’t solve the problem.

“Give us a bridge plan that solves the I-5 congestion and facilitates the economic movement of freight in and out of our ports,” Dewey told the commissioners

During a low turnout election last November, 57 percent of Clark County voters were in favor of a bridge in a similar location.

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