New CRC plan still includes light rail


The new $2.75 billion plan for the Columbia River Crossing increases risks for state tax payers, and would require a special session of the Legislature.

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The new $2.75 billion plan for the Columbia River Crossing increases risks for state tax payers, and would require a special session of the Legislature.

But officials say a single-state highway, light-rail and bridge replacement project could be easier and more efficient to run.

What’s striking is how closely the $2.75 billion project resembles the original $3.4 billion plan to link Portland and Vancouver, replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge. The duo said the re-envisioned project could start construction next year on schedule. It could finish within eight years, even including the Washington highway improvements spiked when Olympia legislators failed to appropriate their state’s share of the original project in June.

Read more at OregonLive.com.


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