New I-5 Columbia River bridge work to start in 2014

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Associated Press

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 4 at 1:55 PM

VANCOUVER — Major construction on a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River between Vancouver and Portland is two years away, assuming Washington, Oregon and federal funding falls into place.

The 2014 date was discussed Tuesday at a meeting in Vancouver of state lawmakers overseeing the $3.5 billion project.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/oI53E5 ) the major construction start time has been two years away since 2008. Construction was planned in 2010, then in 2012 and now in 2014.

Members of the Joint Transportation Committee's Columbia River Crossing subcommittee also asked Transportation Department staffers how they selected a bridge height of 95 feet, which the Coast Guard says is too low. Staff members said they hoped to have a mitigation plan and permit by the end of the year.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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