Bridge replacement resolution wins approval

August 18, 2018 by  

The Vancouver City Council recently approved a resolution supporting the replacement of the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River. The resolution, which was adopted by unanimous vote, urges the state legislature, as well as Governor Jay Inslee, to provide money to the state’s transportation department so it can move ahead with the replacement.

Anne McEnery-Ogle, the mayor of Vancouver, said gaining the city council’s approval was a critical initial step in the process. She believes the bridge must be replaced if economic growth in the region on both sides of the river is to continue. The bridge is an important component of the I-5 corridor that runs from Mexico to Canada.

The resolution points out Vancouver’s support for the process of replacing the bridge, which connects Washington and Oregon, but is old and has proven to be a bottleneck for commuters in both directions. The new bridge would also make provision for a high-capacity transportation system that would run on a dedicated guideway, which could imply light rail. The new bridge would also be much friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians. Vancouver would like to see a multi-pronged approach used to improve travel throughout the entire region.

The resolution has no immediate fiscal impact but urges the legislature and governor to provide funds so the initial steps of the project, such as impact studies and gathering input from residents, can begin.

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