I-5 Columbia River bridge project shuts down

I-5 Columbia River bridge project shuts down

I-5 Columbia River bridge project shuts down

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 10:38 AM

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver office for the Columbia River Crossing has been cleared out and the unsuccessful project to build a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River officially ends this month.

Nearly $200 million was spent on plans for a $2.9 billion bridge with light rail to connect Portland and Vancouver.

The bridge had been a joint effort of Oregon and Washington before Washington state lawmakers balked at authorizing money in 2013. Oregon attempted to continue the project on its own, but in March the Oregon Legislature declined to fund it.

The Columbian reports it's unclear if Washington and Oregon will have to repay tens of millions of federal money spent on the project.

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