Oregon/Washington State: Avoiding Columbia River Crossing 2.0

Of primary concern among stakeholders involved in the preliminary discussions on replacing the Interstate Bridge across the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon is how to avoid the same fate as that of the 2013 Columbia River Crossing (CRC). The prior effort involved years of work and ultimately cost almost $300 million before it failed when the Washington State Senate refused to approve it.

While the Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action Committee for the past three years has reexamined options, the Washington and Oregon State Departments of Transportation have formed an I-5 – Interstate Bridge Replacement Program Executive Steering Group composed of 12 members from a variety of local governments including municipalities and ports. Its task is to provide recommendations reflecting the concerns and priorities of the region’s various communities.