VANCOUVER -- City leaders have weighed in on a proposal to build a new bridge over the Columbia River in Clark County, and they are not in favor.
According to The Columbian, all but one member of the Vancouver City Council opposes the bridge, proposed for the area of Southeast 192nd Avenue.
Clark County Commissioner Dave Madore floated the idea last week and said he may take the plan to state leaders. Today the three member Board of Commisssioners voted two to one to let peoplein Clark County weigh in on the idea of an east county bridge, with a November vote.
Madore says the $860 million dollar pricetag could be paid for with exisiting gas tax revenues from both states. But so far the commissioner has not asked state leaders if they will pay for the bridge.
We have purposefully not approached the governors, we did not approach the legislatures, we started at the bottom with the people, said Madore.
Commissioners did hear from citizens before the Tuesday vote, most who spoke in opposition.
It isn t just your way it s a compromise of working out what s best for the community and best for your state, and we are a metropolitan area, said Bob Schaeffer, a retired Washington state legislature.
The view of the Interstate Br. from the Clark County Commissioners Chambers. Discussing alternative bridge plan. pic.twitter.com/pTfEnTDITFTim Gordon (@TimGordonKGW) July 29, 2014
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