A business advocacy group listed the Columbia River Crossing among the state's top infrastructure needs in a report released today. The Association of Washington Business, or AWB, issued its report on transportation infrastructure in Washington as part of its legislative day in Olympia. The AWB focused on funding, regulation, environmental mitigation and other factors as they relate to business and commerce. In addition to the CRC, the report identified projects on state Highway 520 in Seattle, state Highway 167 in King and Pierce counties, and the North South Freeway in Spokane, as "critical to business growth."
The $3.5 billion CRC would replace the Interstate 5 Bridge connecting Vancouver and Portland, extend light rail into Vancouver and rebuild the freeway on both sides of the river.