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Top Stories: I-5 Bridge ‘visualizations’; attempted kidnapping; semiautomatic rifle ban

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: May 27, 2023, 6:00am

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Here are the top stories on columbian.com this week:

First ‘visualization’ drawings released for replacement Interstate 5 Bridge

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program released its first batch of visualizations of six replacement bridge options: four single-level bridges, one stacked bridge and one with a lift span.

The renderings have been long-awaited by program critics and supporters alike. The visuals are not a final design and don’t reflect property impacts.

‘Not tools of self-defense’: Ferguson makes case for Washington’s new semiautomatic rifle ban

Courthouse sparring is ramping up in a case that could eventually decide whether Washington’s newly adopted ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles is constitutional.

Gun rights advocates filed the lawsuit in federal district court in Tacoma on April 25, the same day Gov. Jay Inslee signed the legislation. On Monday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson registered his opposition to the challengers’ request for a preliminary injunction to block the law’s enforcement while the litigation unfolds.

Vancouver man accused of attempted kidnap of 11-year-old at lemonade stand

A Vancouver man is accused of trying to kidnap an 11-year-old boy who was running a lemonade stand Tuesday evening at an east Vancouver apartment complex.

Benjamin M. Kelley, 35, appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree attempted kidnapping.

Washington roads chief: Transportation system is on ‘glidepath to failure’

Washington’s roads czar is warning that the state transportation system is “on a glidepath to failure” after lawmakers put too much money into building new projects and not enough into upkeep.

Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar said this “misalignment” in the latest budget makes it likely the state will continue to fall behind on its highway maintenance responsibilities.

Expect more bridge lifts on Interstate 5

On Wednesday, a man stepped out of his olive green Ford Expedition and onto the roadway on Interstate 5 north on Hayden Island and squinted at the bridge ahead, attempting to see beyond the rows of traffic at a dead stop.

“Are you serious?” he exclaimed. “A crash on both sides.”