Bridge raises sprawl concerns

Local leaders want state officials to consider the potential for sprawl from the Columbia River Crossing.

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Places like Ridgefield, Wash. are among the communities that local leaders are concerned about as plans move forward for the Columbia River Crossing.

Leaders are asking state officials to more closely examine the potential for sprawl that could be caused by the new bridge.

Of course, one planner’s sprawl is another’s economic development. And Ridgefield-area officials consider a smooth bridge crossing essential to the local economy.

“I could understand the concern that the jobs locate on one side of the river and the other side becomes a bedroom community,” said Justin Clary, Ridgefield’s city manager. “But we’re trying to build a balanced community that has a larger population as well as a larger number of jobs.”

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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