Columbia River Crossing foes to hold rally Friday

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Opponents of the Columbia River Crossing will gather Friday at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay for a rally against the controversial project.

Local politicians including state Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, and Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, will speak as part of the event, along with business owners and "topical experts," according to organizers. The rally will focus on the $3.4 billion megaproject's debt, disruption to Vancouver and tolling costs, among other topics.

The event is scheduled to last from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the hotel, 100 Columbia St. The gathering is open to the public.

The rally comes one week after Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee visited Vancouver, in part, to advocate for the CRC.

The CRC would replace the Interstate 5 Bridge between Vancouver and Portland, rebuild freeway interchanges on both sides of the river and extend light rail into Vancouver.