Oregon will pull the plug on the Columbia River Crossing in March if its Legislature doesn’t recommit to the $2.7 billion project during the upcoming session, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said in a letter to lawmakers on Monday.
A key Oregon backer of the Columbia River Crossing said he believes his state "is done" with the issue, and the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement won't make it to a vote when its legislature convenes in February.
Federal money is available for the Columbia River Crossing project, should local leaders choose to move forward with the plan to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced Tuesday.
By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press
January 13, 2014 7:17 p.m.
SALEM, Ore. — A year after they authorized $450 million in debt to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge across the Columbia River, Oregon legislators are nearing a decision about whether to do so again, this time without the state of Washington as a partner.