I-5 bridge

Columbia I-5 Bridge
5:31 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Oregon Governor Issues Ultimatum For I-5 Bridge Project

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he's prepared to pull the plug on the Interstate 5 bridge replacement mega-project.
Credit Cacophony / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he's prepared to pull the plug on the Interstate 5 bridge replacement mega-project. The Democrat told Oregon lawmakers Monday that he'll put the Columbia River Crossing on an indefinite time-out if they don't act by mid-March.

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Skagit River Bridge
5:58 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Northwest Washington Relishes Return To “Normal” With Bridge Re-Opening

Wash. Sec. of Transportation Lynn Peterson (left) and WSDOT regional administrator Jim Drye (right) give a tour to Gov. Jay Inslee
Credit Tom Banse

Traffic is set to start rolling across the repaired Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River Wednesday morning. That completes a hasty, round-the-clock salvage and reconstruction job. It started just three and a half weeks ago when an oversize load brought down the vital bridge. Correspondent Tom Banse reports that Northwest Washington drivers and businesses are relishing a return to normal.

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I-5 Bridge Opening
4:03 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Temporary Skagit River I-5 Bridge To Open Wednesday Morning

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 3:29 pm

Drivers and businesses in Northwest Washington are voicing elation now that there is a firm date for reopening the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River. The Washington Department of Transportation says the temporary replacement bridge will start carrying traffic Wednesday morning.

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Skagit River Bridge
4:24 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Senator Murray Announces Federal Funding For Skagit Bridge

A visualization of the Skagit River Bridge temporary replacement span.
Credit WSDOT website

The Skagit Bridge should be fully repaired by this fall. That's according to Washington Senator Patty Murray. She chairs the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. The I-5 span over the Skagit River north of Seattle collapsed last month.

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I-5 Bridge Collapse
5:57 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Skagit River Bridge Collapse Preliminary Report

A view from above the I-5 bridge after it collapsed.
Credit National Safety Transportation Board website

Federal investigators released a preliminary report Tuesday about last month’s I-5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River. What’s new in the report is a piece of information about the driver of the truck that struck the bridge.

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I-5 Bridge
6:06 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Inslee: Temporary I-5 Bridge Is State’s Top Priority

WSDOT's rendering of the temporary bridge replacement.
Credit Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington state’s top priority is fixing the section of the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last week. That’s according to Governor Jay Inslee. Inslee announced plans Sunday that could lead to a temporary replacement by mid June. And a permanent fix in September. Reporter Derek Wang has more.

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Columbia River Crossing
4:39 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Costly New Bridge Over Columbia River Spawns Ultimatum, Brinkmanship

Columbia River Crossing

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 5:39 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A costly new interstate highway bridge over the Columbia River is spurring brinkmanship in Olympia. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined Democratic Governor Jay Inslee Wednesday to press state lawmakers to commit hundreds of millions dollars to the proposed new toll bridge between Portland and Vancouver, Washington.

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Columbia River Crossing
6:37 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Inslee Stumps For Columbia River Crossing

Washington Governor Jay Inslee urged a group of regional business leaders today / yesterday (Friday)  to urge state legislators to support the Columbia River Crossing --the proposed new I-5 bridge.  April Baer reports.

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Columbia River Crossing
4:04 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Oregon Senate Approves Funding For Columbia River Crossing

Washington Dept. of Transportation

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 4:33 pm

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Senate has voted to approve funding for that state’s share of the Columbia River Crossing. It would connect Portland and Vancouver, Washington.

House Bill 2800 authorizes $450 million in bond funding for the project. Supporters believe the I-5 bridge replacement will provide seismic stability and boost commerce. Opponents considered the Columbia River Crossing too costly. Environmental impacts were also a concern.

But Democratic Senator Lee Beyer urged his colleagues to get down to the bottom line.

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