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The Bridge Is Back — But Don't Call It the CRC

OPB | April 1, 2014 12:30 p.m. | Updated: April 2, 2014 8:42 a.m.

Credit: Robert Gaskin / Creative Commons

Credit: Robert Gaskin / Creative Commons

Washington state Rep. Liz Pike wants to bring lawmakers on both sides of the Columbia River back to the table to come up with a new plan for an I-5 bridge. But she doesn’t want to call it the “Columbia River Crossing.” Instead, Pike is hoping to form a “Bistate Bridge Coalition,” to look into the possibility of a new bridge, starting from scratch.

One option she doesn’t think should be on the table is light rail. Instead, Pike sees the new project as one that could incorporate other ideas such as renovating the rail bridge downstream from the I-5 bridge to reduce congestion on I-5, and the possibility of a west side bypass bridge.

There are plenty of questions this new approach brings up: would federal funding still be available without a light rail component? Would Oregon lawmakers sign on to a new plan?

We’ll hear more from Pike about her ideas for a new project.

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