Ore. Ironworks sues state over bridge agreement

Ore. Ironworks sues state over bridge agreement

A barge with drilling components bound for Prudhoe Bay, Alaska passed, barely, under the lifted I-5 bridge in July of 2011.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Ironworks is suing the State of Oregon over a contract that's supposed to mitigate the negative impacts of a proposed Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River.

Some of the products that the company manufacturers and ships on the river would not fit under the new bridge, which would have a shorter maximum clearance than the existing one.

The state agreed in May to pay $12 million to compensate the company.  But Oregon Ironworks says in a lawsuit filed Friday in Clackamas County that the state's agreements with two other companies would undermine its ability to compete.

Oregon agreed to pay $25 million to one company and $50 million to another. Oregon Ironworks argues that those amounts have nothing to do with their actual potential for lost business.

The Oregon Department of Transportation called the lawsuit "frivolous."
 

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