The $3.5 billion effort to build a new bridge between Portland and Vancouver is in trouble in the Washington Senate. That’s the view of a Southwest Washington Republican on the Ways and Means Committee.
Washington’s House has included $450 million for a new Columbia River Crossing in its transportation package. Federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in Olympia last week saying the bridge is "like no other project in America."
But some Washington senators question the project's cost, design, and whether it will actually deliver promised jobs and traffic relief.
La Center-area senator Ann Rivers says the bridge can’t pass her chamber.
"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," Rivers says. "And anything that would be in our budget, in our transportation budget, would be to assure that we've got the best possible project, as we move forward."
Oregon legislators have already approved $450 million for the project. Top Democrats in Oregon wouldn’t comment directly on developments in Washington, other than to say the project can still get the support it needs in Olympia.
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