Oregon, Washington lawmakers discuss I-5 Bridge plans

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The 100-year-old bridge needs to be replaced

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The debate is heating up over the future of the Interstate Bridge over the Columbia River.

State lawmakers from Oregon and Washington are meeting Friday to talk about replacing the 100-year-old bridge.

Questions of whether to add tolls or include a light rail are among the topics of recent debates.

It costs $1.2 million a year to maintain the lift span and seismic upgrades would cost about $600 million. Engineers say the bridge will fall into the Columbia River in the event of a large earthquake.

The Joint Legislative Action Committee will tour the bridge in the morning and then hold a public hearing at 1:45 p.m. at Vancouver City Hall.

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