The recent collapse of a bridge over the Skagit River on Interstate 5 in Washington state could prove beneficial for the case of the Columbia River Crossing between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., as it could convince opponents to vote for more funding for the project. Replacement of the bridge, parts of which are nearly a century old, will require Washington state to commit $450 million as its share in the project, with Oregon already having committed the same amount. A vote on a funding package for the $3.5 billion CRC project is expected to take place in the Washington state Legislature next month.

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