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Oregon-Led Bridge Plan Gets A Hearing In Salem

OPB | Feb. 13, 2014 12:45 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 13, 2014 2:14 p.m.

John Rosman / OPB

Lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on a proposal to build a new bridge across the Columbia River without funding from Washington state. House Speaker Tina Kotek is one of the advocates of the plan. She says time is short and the bridge needs to be replaced, calling it a “top transportation priority.” Opponents of the new bridge — also known as the Columbia River Crossing — argue that the financial risk that goes along with an “Oregon-only” plan is just too great.

Editor’s note: The title of this post was changed to reflect the fact that, while Oregon would lead this project and take on most of the financial risk, it would partner with the federal government and the state of Washington.

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