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Interstate 5 Bridge

The Interstate 5 Bridge stretches across a hazy Columbia River on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2022, as seen from the Vancouver Waterfront. Smoke from the Nakia Creek Fire and a morning layer of fog pushed air quality into the “unhealthy” range.

I-5 bridge environmental impact statement delayed, again — this time until 2024

The Interstate 5 Bridge stretches across a hazy Columbia River on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2022, as seen from the Vancouver Waterfront. Smoke from the Nakia Creek Fire and a morning layer of fog pushed air quality into the “unhealthy” range.

October 7, 2023, 6:10am Business

The release of a draft supplemental environmental impact statement, a critical milestone for the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program, has been delayed for the second time, this time from the end of 2023 until the start of 2024. Read story

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program applied for $600 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation Mega Grant, or 10 percent of the new Interstate 5 Bridge's expected cost of between $5 billion and $7.5 billion, with the likeliest outcome being about $6 billion.

Officials ask feds for $600 million to help pay for new I-5 Bridge

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program applied for $600 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation Mega Grant, or 10 percent of the new Interstate 5 Bridge's expected cost of between $5 billion and $7.5 billion, with the likeliest outcome being about $6 billion.

October 3, 2023, 6:03am Business

With $3.5 billion committed to the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program from the state and the authorization of tolling on the Interstate 5 Bridge, program officials are turning to the federal government for the final $2.5 billion. Read story

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers tours the Interstate 5 Bridge on Thursday. With many critical transportation projects in the state, developing the transportation budget is as much an art as it is a science, said Sen. Marko Liias, D-Everett, second from left, the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers tours I-5 Bridge

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers tours the Interstate 5 Bridge on Thursday. With many critical transportation projects in the state, developing the transportation budget is as much an art as it is a science, said Sen. Marko Liias, D-Everett, second from left, the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

September 29, 2023, 7:11pm Clark County News

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers visited the Interstate 5 Bridge on their final leg of a three-day tour of Southwest Washington bridges. Read story

The northern drawbridge towers of the Interstate 5 Bridge rise above Downtown Vancouver on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022.

Judge upholds Washington’s $17B transportation package that includes money for new I-5 bridge

The northern drawbridge towers of the Interstate 5 Bridge rise above Downtown Vancouver on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022.

September 22, 2023, 3:40pm Editor's Choice

An effort to derail a sweeping state transportation package failed Friday, with a Thurston County judge upholding the law. Read story

Interstate 5 Bridge Supervisor Marc Gross, right, talks about the inner workings of the bridge during a tour Thursday during a meeting of the Washington State Transportation Commission.

State commission tours I-5 Bridge, gets close-up view of span’s deficiencies

Interstate 5 Bridge Supervisor Marc Gross, right, talks about the inner workings of the bridge during a tour Thursday during a meeting of the Washington State Transportation Commission.

September 16, 2023, 6:03am Clark County News

The Interstate 5 Bridge machine room shook and rattled as two semis passed below, jostling the dozen or so Washington State Transportation Commission commissioners and staff inside the room. Read story

The replacement program announced it would study a moveable-span bridge, like the current Interstate 5 Bridge.

Washington, Oregon legislators meet on Interstate 5 Bridge replacement

The replacement program announced it would study a moveable-span bridge, like the current Interstate 5 Bridge.

July 28, 2023, 7:01pm Clark County News

A group of legislators from Washington and Oregon convened virtually Friday morning for the first bi-state legislative committee meeting on the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement since December. Read story

The Interstate 5 Bridge crosses the Columbia River on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.

Interstate 5 Bridge project seeks $500M grant

The Interstate 5 Bridge crosses the Columbia River on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.

July 13, 2023, 5:46pm Clark County News

Equivalent to one of the largest lottery jackpots ever or the gross domestic product of the Federated States of Micronesia, you can do a lot with $500 million. Read story

The Interstate 5 Bridge replacement will affect Hayden Island arguably more than anywhere else. Program Administrator Greg Johnson says he believes it will unlock some of the island's potential. Some residents fear it will negatively impact the island.

Hayden Island holds its breath as Interstate Bridge Project takes shape

The Interstate 5 Bridge replacement will affect Hayden Island arguably more than anywhere else. Program Administrator Greg Johnson says he believes it will unlock some of the island's potential. Some residents fear it will negatively impact the island.

July 8, 2023, 6:14am Business

Michael Brady stood on a floor of painted roses and held his left arm out. Read story

Pedestrians enjoy sunny conditions with a view of the Interstate 5 Bridge at The Waterfront Vancouver. It's been eight years since the collapse of the Columbia River Crossing project and two years since Washington and Oregon embarked on a renewed attempt to develop a replacement for the aging pair of spans, dubbed the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program.

Oregon approval of Interstate 5 Bridge funding hailed

Pedestrians enjoy sunny conditions with a view of the Interstate 5 Bridge at The Waterfront Vancouver. It's been eight years since the collapse of the Columbia River Crossing project and two years since Washington and Oregon embarked on a renewed attempt to develop a replacement for the aging pair of spans, dubbed the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program.

June 26, 2023, 6:41pm Clark County News

Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle was restless on Sunday. 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.

Oregon Legislature approves funding state’s share of replacement I-5 Bridge

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.

June 25, 2023, 8:32pm Business

On the last day of its 2023 session, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill containing $1 billion in funding for the Interstate 5 Bridge Replacement Program, passing one of the last major hurdles for the program to break ground in late 2025 or early 2026. Read story