Ore. unveils smaller proposal for Columbia River bridge replacement

Oregon is trying to salvage the proposed $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing bridge between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., after the Washington state lawmakers declined to put up the state's $450 million share of the project. Under a revised plan, Oregon would be responsible for any funding shortfalls and cost overruns, as was the case with the previous plan, but the revised plan deletes interchange improvements on the Washington state side. The failure of the original plan came from an attempt "to offer something for everyone, including special provisions for light rail and massive new interchanges for cars and trucks," according to a Register-Guard editorial.

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