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I-5 Bridge

Clark County Council: Yes to Interstate 5 Bridge, no to tolls

September 23, 2021, 6:22pm Clark County News

Clark County is ready to lend its support to the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project, but it had some specific requests for the group overseeing the project. In a 3-2… Read story

Lawmakers review Interstate 5 Bridge progress

September 19, 2021, 6:05am Clark County Business

The bistate legislative committee of Oregon and Washington lawmakers overseeing the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program held its first meeting in four months on Friday, reviewing the project office’s progress over… Read story

Visitors take a tour of the Interstate 5 Bridge. The older of the two spans opened in 1917, with the newer span following in 1958.

Keeping the Interstate 5 Bridge up and running

Visitors take a tour of the Interstate 5 Bridge. The older of the two spans opened in 1917, with the newer span following in 1958.

September 19, 2021, 6:05am Business

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program has been running in earnest for more than a year now, slowly developing a plan for a new bridge to carry Interstate 5 across the Columbia River — a plan that lawmakers and officials on both sides of the river hope will succeed where the… Read story

A truck joins other traffic crossing the Interstate 5 Bridge while traveling north on I-5 on Jan. 7, 2020. The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program office is aiming to settle on a single recommended configuration for a replacement bridge in January.

Group sets goal of recommending new Interstate 5 Bridge’s blueprint by January

A truck joins other traffic crossing the Interstate 5 Bridge while traveling north on I-5 on Jan. 7, 2020. The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program office is aiming to settle on a single recommended configuration for a replacement bridge in January.

September 15, 2021, 7:21pm Clark County News

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program’s ambitious timetable calls for the bistate project’s office to produce a single recommended configuration for a replacement Interstate 5 Bridge in as little as four months, releasing the plan publicly in January. Read story

The Interstate 5 bridge pictured from the air on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

Bridges, rail, airports: What’s Washington’s cut of the Senate’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill?

The Interstate 5 bridge pictured from the air on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

August 11, 2021, 7:54am Latest News

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate Tuesday would funnel billions of dollars of federal cash to Washington state. Read story

The I-5 bridge looking north from the southeast tower into Vancouver.

I-5 Bridge project details timeline, goals

The I-5 bridge looking north from the southeast tower into Vancouver.

July 18, 2021, 6:04am Clark County News

Less than a year from now, the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program office hopes to have settled on a single preferred configuration for a new Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River — one that would answer all of the big design questions, such as how many lanes the bridge would… Read story

Signs and caution tape are common sights along the Mill Plain corridor lately due to an ongoing WSDOT project aimed at setting up the corridor to better accommodate freight traffic and adding new bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

Clark County road work gets into gear

Signs and caution tape are common sights along the Mill Plain corridor lately due to an ongoing WSDOT project aimed at setting up the corridor to better accommodate freight traffic and adding new bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

July 17, 2021, 6:04am Clark County News

Washington State Department of Transportation officials say they’re in the midst of a busy summer packed with repair projects and maintenance work on Southwest Washington roadways, and local motorists should try to stay on top of big upcoming projects and prepare to deal with occasional delays. Read story

Foliage frames a view of the Interstate 5 Bridge last month.

Federal letter restricts changes to Interstate 5 Bridge project documents

Foliage frames a view of the Interstate 5 Bridge last month.

May 20, 2021, 4:19pm Business

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program office has received written federal guidance that restricts the project’s ability to substantially alter two guiding documents that were drafted for its predecessor, the Columbia River Crossing. Read story

Oregon and Washington are two years into a renewed effort to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge, eight years after the collapse of the Columbia River Crossing project. The project office is currently developing the Purpose and Need and Vision and Values statements for the new bridge, which will help evaluate the different configuration options to arrive at a preferred version.

Funding, reuse of CRC work key issues in Interstate 5 Bridge replacement

Oregon and Washington are two years into a renewed effort to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge, eight years after the collapse of the Columbia River Crossing project. The project office is currently developing the Purpose and Need and Vision and Values statements for the new bridge, which will help evaluate the different configuration options to arrive at a preferred version.

May 9, 2021, 6:05am Business

It was funding that killed the Columbia River Crossing. The original Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project was already embroiled in controversy, but the killing blow came when the Washington Senate adjourned without approving the state’s portion of the project funding in 2013. Read story

A northbound Yellow Line Max train, left, stops at the Killingsworth station in Portland, and an articulated hybrid bus, right, of the type used on C-Tran's bus rapid transit route, The Vine, is seen in Vancouver.  The question of whether TriMet's Yellow Line should be extended to Vancouver was a key point of contention during development of the Columbia River Crossing project and is often cited as one of the main disagreements that derailed the project. The current renewed replacement effort will consider both light rail and bus rapid transit options to meet the project's high-capacity transit needs, and no decision has been made yet - but recent comments from federal lawmakers pushed the still-simmering disagreement back into the spotlight.

New bridge replacement effort strives to avoid light rail controversy

A northbound Yellow Line Max train, left, stops at the Killingsworth station in Portland, and an articulated hybrid bus, right, of the type used on C-Tran's bus rapid transit route, The Vine, is seen in Vancouver.  The question of whether TriMet's Yellow Line should be extended to Vancouver was a key point of contention during development of the Columbia River Crossing project and is often cited as one of the main disagreements that derailed the project. The current renewed replacement effort will consider both light rail and bus rapid transit options to meet the project's high-capacity transit needs, and no decision has been made yet - but recent comments from federal lawmakers pushed the still-simmering disagreement back into the spotlight.

May 9, 2021, 6:05am Business

Recent headlines about the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement effort have chronicled the reemergence of one of the biggest sticking points from Columbia River Crossing era: light rail. Read story