New bridge plan from PDX to VXR in early stages

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — It’s no secret that trying to get a new bridge from Portland to Vancouver has been a headache for many — but now state lawmakers said they have a new, cheaper plan to make it happen.

Over 134,000 drivers commute from Vancouver to Portland on a daily basis.

“Rush hour, it’s really bad in the morning coming into Portland,” commuter Jeremy Huckins said. “It starts at like 6 a.m. and lasts until 9 a.m.”

Then, it starts backing up for the afternoon drive home.

“Most days it takes me anywhere from half-an-hour to get home, it should be a 15-minute drive,” commuter Kim Denhing said.

There is an obvious congestion problem on the route from Portland to Vancouver. But three Southwest Washington lawmakers said they have a new idea that could help relieve the problem.

They want to build a fly-over bridge next to the interstate bridge that would include six lanes and be substantially cheaper than the previous CRC bridge.

“It would be a work horse bridge, nothing fancy, and would remove about a billion dollars worth of costs on the previous project,” Representative Liz Pike, who’s behind the proposal, told KOIN 6 News.

At this point, the proposal is just an idea. Drivers will have to continue waiting for problem to be resolved.

“It’s pretty frustrating,” Huckins said. “It’s a waste of time.”

If everything goes as planned, the new bridge would be built for $1-1.5 billion.

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