PORTLAND - The Columbia River Crossing project, which is managing the planning of a new Interstate bridge, has received $5 million in new funding from the federal government.

The project will replace the I-5 bridge, extend light rail to Vancouver and enhance the pedestrian and bicycle path between the two cities.

The project will be funded by federal and state sources, as well as future tolls. CRC received a $2 million grant to the Washington State Department of Transportation and a $3 million grant to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The $4.2 billion proposal would replace the six-lane Interstate Bridge with a new 10-lane bridge, light rail extension to Vancouver and add improvements to six highway interchanges.

Together, the new projections cut expected money made for the new bridge by as much as $598-million. Construction was set to start in 2013.

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