Bridge project short on cash

The ambitious Columbia River Crossing project may see cuts to make it more affordable.

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Engineers are looking for ways to make the $4 billion Columbia River Crossing project more cost-efficient.

This comes after years of $1 million-a-month planning but no real commitments from state or federal governments to actually pay for construction. It follows years of insistence by transportation planners in Oregon and Washington that a mega-project was the only way to meet the region’s needs to reduce congestion and speed the flow of truck freight on the West’s primary north-south highway.

It all represents a seismic shift in the region’s bridge-making discussion, potentially undoing the project for years.

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