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Interstate 5 Bridge

I-5 Bridge replacement program misses out on grant

January 4, 2023, 6:02pm Clark County News

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program will not be receiving money from the Federal Highway Administration’s Bridge Investment Program this time around, although it will be eligible to reapply later this… Read story

I-5 Bridge replacement program studies auxiliary lane options

December 13, 2022, 6:04am Business

The Interstate Bridge Replacement program announced Friday that it is studying more than one auxiliary lane — lanes connecting onramps and offramps — for a replacement bridge, a change of… Read story

Cars and trucks travel north on the Interstate 5 Bridge on Oct. 5, seen from the top of one of the northbound bridge lift towers.

New I-5 Bridge cost: Likely $6 Billion

Cars and trucks travel north on the Interstate 5 Bridge on Oct. 5, seen from the top of one of the northbound bridge lift towers.

December 9, 2022, 1:30pm Business

The Interstate 5 Bridge replacement is expected to cost $5.5 billion to $7.5 billion, with $6 billion being the likeliest outcome, according to Greg Johnson, Interstate Bridge Replacement Program administrator. Read story

Above, Bob Ortblad, a retired civil engineer and proponent of an immersed tube tunnel, is one of the program's most vocal critics.

I-5 Bridge Replacement Program leaders, critics make their case

Above, Bob Ortblad, a retired civil engineer and proponent of an immersed tube tunnel, is one of the program's most vocal critics.

December 6, 2022, 7:24pm Clark County News

Interstate Bridge Replacement leaders, vocal critics and curious residents alike were packed into a conference room Monday night at the Hayden Island Holiday Inn to hear presentations and ask questions about the project. Read story

Interstate Bridge Replacement Program Administrator Greg Johnson, left, and Principal Equity Officer Johnell Bell hope the project will set a new standard for mega and transportation projects in terms of equity.

Equity front and center on I-5 Bridge replacement project

Interstate Bridge Replacement Program Administrator Greg Johnson, left, and Principal Equity Officer Johnell Bell hope the project will set a new standard for mega and transportation projects in terms of equity.

December 3, 2022, 6:12am Clark County News

Johnell Bell, the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program’s principal equity officer, likes to say, “You can’t know equity unless you know history.” Read story

Cars travel along the Oregon side of I-5 and the Interstate Bridge on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, as seen from the top of one of the northbound bridge lift towers.

Crews repair I-5 Bridge cable that broke, fell onto south span

Cars travel along the Oregon side of I-5 and the Interstate Bridge on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, as seen from the top of one of the northbound bridge lift towers.

November 18, 2022, 5:07pm Clark County News

A 275-foot, 2-inch-thick cable fell from a tower onto the sidewalk of the southbound span of the Interstate 5 Bridge Thursday afternoon. There were no injuries or property damage. Read story

Joseph Fowler, right, is one of roughly 65,000 Clark County workers who commute to Portland. But unlike most of them, he rides public transportation.  At top, a C-Tran bus stops at the Fisher's Landing Transit Center before taking commuters to the Parkrose/Sumner transit center in Portland so they can board a MAX light rail train.

The rail world: MAX offers cheap, quick commute for Clark County, Portland residents

Joseph Fowler, right, is one of roughly 65,000 Clark County workers who commute to Portland. But unlike most of them, he rides public transportation.  At top, a C-Tran bus stops at the Fisher's Landing Transit Center before taking commuters to the Parkrose/Sumner transit center in Portland so they can board a MAX light rail train.

November 13, 2022, 6:02am Business

As Joseph Fowler boarded the MAX light rail on his way to work one October morning, he found a seat near an exit door. There were about 30 people aboard, mostly commuters and tired travelers headed to downtown Portland from the airport. You could notice the quiet of the early… Read story

Arguably the biggest change from the days of the Columbia River Crossing project a decade ago, the Coast Guard now requires a preliminary navigation determination to be created much earlier in the review process.

I-5 Bridge replacement officials learn from past, hope policy changes smooth path to new span

Arguably the biggest change from the days of the Columbia River Crossing project a decade ago, the Coast Guard now requires a preliminary navigation determination to be created much earlier in the review process.

November 2, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

One of the biggest hurdles the Interstate Bridge Replacement program faces has moved much closer to the starting line, thanks to policy changes made following the failed Columbia River Crossing megaproject. Read story

Interstate 5 Bridge Supervisor Marc Gross, right, and Interstate Bridge Replacement Program Administrator Greg Johnson talk Oct. 5 atop one of the Interstate 5 Bridge's lift towers. Johnson and his family were forced to move so a highway could be built on the homes' land. Johnson, who was in kindergarten, thought the moves were fun, but his siblings struggled with it. Two of his five siblings were held back a grade.

I-5 span replacement chief Greg Johnson has history of building bridges

Interstate 5 Bridge Supervisor Marc Gross, right, and Interstate Bridge Replacement Program Administrator Greg Johnson talk Oct. 5 atop one of the Interstate 5 Bridge's lift towers. Johnson and his family were forced to move so a highway could be built on the homes' land. Johnson, who was in kindergarten, thought the moves were fun, but his siblings struggled with it. Two of his five siblings were held back a grade.

October 31, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

As Greg Johnson stood atop a green scaffolding tower of the Interstate 5 Bridge on an overcast autumn afternoon, he leaned on a rail and looked at the water that separates Oregon and Washington. Read story

Democratic candidate for Washington's 3rd Congressional District Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, right, looks skyward while Republican candidate Joe Kent gives his closing remarks on Saturday during a debate at the Vancouver Community Library.

3rd District candidates Kent, Perez differ on Interstate 5 Bridge projectvideo icon

Democratic candidate for Washington's 3rd Congressional District Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, right, looks skyward while Republican candidate Joe Kent gives his closing remarks on Saturday during a debate at the Vancouver Community Library.

October 19, 2022, 6:02am Clark County News

Marie Gluesenkamp Perez supports replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge. Joe Kent wants a third bridge to be built west of I-5 and the existing bridge to be retrofitted to withstand earthquakes. Read story