It’s kind of like planning a wedding, with one major caveat. You set a date and hire a caterer and order flowers and pick a DJ — and then you hope to find a spouse.
Sounds backward, doesn’t it? Because if you want to dance at the reception, you’re going to need a partner.
And still, state Rep. Vicki Kraft is pushing for a third bridge across the Columbia River. The Vancouver Republican has introduced a bill that would direct $300,000 for the Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee to hire a consultant for exploring the possibility of a crossing to the west of Interstate 5.
On its face, it’s not a bad idea; the metro area needs a third bridge — and a fourth one — across the Columbia; Clark County has nearly 500,000 residents and crossings built for 200,000. A consultant could help answer questions about how to avoid the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge on this side of the river and Forest Park on the other side. But without a partner, efforts will amount to a bridge to nowhere.
“We did have a meeting with Oregon, and there was no interest,” Chuck Green said of a third bridge, reminiscing about those long-ago days when Washington and Oregon officials were courting each other and trying to replace the Interstate 5 crossing. “They’re very protective of their Urban Growth Boundary.”