Friday, November 26, 2021
Nov. 26, 2021

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Letter: Thoughts on new bridge


I think the best place to build the new Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River is on the east (upriver) side of the existing bridges. Looking at a map, I-5 veers to the east, especially on the Vancouver side. That way the bridge could be shorter, have a smaller footprint, cost less and displace fewer businesses. In order to be high enough for the river traffic it would be too steep for light rail. I am not in favor of light rail, but if we must have it, put it on the newer (southbound) side of the existing bridges. I think a better idea than light rail is express buses that can drive on a steeper bridge. The Oregon side of the bridge should have freeway-type onramps and offramps to eastbound and westbound Marine Drive, 99E, and 99W to avoid congestion and keep traffic moving.

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