DeFazio wants downsized bridge

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio supports the I-5 bridge plan, but says it needs to be scaled back.

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In order to attract federal funding, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio says the proposed Columbia River Crossing plan needs to be scaled back.

“What has been designed so far is sort of the optimal project, and we can’t afford that,” DeFazio says of the planned 12-lane, $4.2 billion version of the proposed replacement Interstate 5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver, Wash.

At the same time, DeFazio – who represents the Southern Oregon’s 4th Congressional District and sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure – says the project must include a light-rail connection between the two cities and tolls for it to succeed.

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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