Vancouver City Council pushes to replace Interstate Bridge

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Vancouver City Council adopted a resolution in support of the I-5 bridge replacement project.

The resolution asks Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Legislature to direct funds to the project. 

The Interstate Bridge carries traffic over the Columbia River. Traffic congestion has become increasingly problematic over the last couple years and is projected to worsen. The new bridge would alleviate some of the congestion issues.

Washington state lawmakers balked at authorizing money for a bridge in 2013, derailing a joint Oregon-Washington project known as the Columbia River Crossing.

But now, Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle said replacing the bridge is critical for the region’s economy.

“We want the bridge replaced,” McEnerny-Ogle said. “It’s more than 100 years old, 400 crashes on it in a short of amount of time. It’s not safe.”

McEnerny-Ogle is talking with other mayors in southwest Washington to get their support for the resolution before sending it to the governor’s office.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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