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The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 stretch over the East Fork Lewis River at Paradise Point State Park. The bridge is more than 80 years old and is scheduled to be replaced starting next year.

WSDOT to repair, replace I-5 bridges over Lewis River near Woodland

The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 stretch over the East Fork Lewis River at Paradise Point State Park. The bridge is more than 80 years old and is scheduled to be replaced starting next year.

June 4, 2021, 6:03am Clark County News

It’s an old-school steel truss bridge that carries Interstate 5 over the river near the border of Clark County. The aging structure is functionally obsolete and faces a high risk of collapse in an earthquake, and the Washington State Department of Transportation is working to replace it in the near… 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

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Southwest Washington lawmakers decry Inslee’s partial veto of bills

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May 18, 2021, 7:00pm Clark County News

State lawmakers from Southwest Washington balked at Gov. Jay Inslee’s partial veto on a pair of carbon-curbing bills Monday, a move that legislators on both sides of the aisle are calling an overreach of the governor’s powers. Read story

An empty lot at the northwest corner of the intersection of Southeast First Street and 192nd Avenue. The site sits at the southeast corner of the massive Section 30 area, a former mine which is now home to multiple major planned developments, including a new corporate campus from HP.

Vancouver City Council approves master plan for new HP campus

An empty lot at the northwest corner of the intersection of Southeast First Street and 192nd Avenue. The site sits at the southeast corner of the massive Section 30 area, a former mine which is now home to multiple major planned developments, including a new corporate campus from HP.

May 17, 2021, 9:36pm Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council approved HP Inc.’s master plan to relocate its Clark County campus to a former mining site, giving the company the official green light to construct a multibuilding, 1.5 million-square-foot complex. Read story

Drivers navigate a narrow section of Southeast First Street. Vancouver's new Transportation and Mobility Commission created a list of the city's transportation priorities over the next five years, with the First Street build-out at the top of the list.

Vancouver driven to improve transportation

Drivers navigate a narrow section of Southeast First Street. Vancouver's new Transportation and Mobility Commission created a list of the city's transportation priorities over the next five years, with the First Street build-out at the top of the list.

May 11, 2021, 6:02am Clark County News

The city of Vancouver is drafting a list of transportation projects ranked by importance, with the top priorities aimed at adding capacity to the system’s overused roads. Read story

A cyclist navigates through traffic on Columbia Street south of the intersection with West Sixth Street in 2018.

Columbia Street bike lane project revived with little fanfare by Vancouver council

A cyclist navigates through traffic on Columbia Street south of the intersection with West Sixth Street in 2018.

May 10, 2021, 9:07pm Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council awarded a contract to repave and restripe Columbia Street in downtown, a seemingly banal move that in fact represents the revival of a long-sought and hotly debated plan to swap the arterial’s street parking for bicycle lanes. 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

Buses arrive to drop off freshmen for an orientation day at Evergreen High School on Tuesday morning, March 2, 2021.

Sen. Murray’s push for electric school buses highlights Vancouver example

Buses arrive to drop off freshmen for an orientation day at Evergreen High School on Tuesday morning, March 2, 2021.

May 4, 2021, 6:57pm Clark County News

Sen. Patty Murray is spreading the word about her plan to electrify the nation’s fleet of public school buses by highlighting one example already out for a test-drive in Clark County. Read story

A diagram from WSDOT shows a cross-section of East Mill Plain Boulevard through downtown Vancouver, illustrating how the street layout will be configured after a planned upgrade project this summer.

Mill Plain road work to start May 3

A diagram from WSDOT shows a cross-section of East Mill Plain Boulevard through downtown Vancouver, illustrating how the street layout will be configured after a planned upgrade project this summer.

April 25, 2021, 6:04am Clark County News

The Washington State Department of Transportation has released details about an upcoming $10 million improvement project for a stretch of East Mill Plain Boulevard and the East 15th Street couplet through downtown Vancouver, aimed at preparing the corridor to handle future growth. Read story