SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says he’ll give up on plans to build a new bridge across the Columbia River if the Legislature doesn’t fund the project during the five-week session that begins next month.
Kitzhaber says in a letter to state lawmakers on Monday that “Oregon must either decisively move the project to construction or refocus and prioritize our resources.”
He says continuing with the project will require funding from the Oregon Legislature before the end of the session and a signed agreement with the state of Washington by March 15.
Plans call for widening part of Interstate 5, replacing the bridge and extending Portland’s light-rail line to Vancouver, Wash.
- Designed in Seattle, this $1 cup could save millions of babies
- Trump, Clinton win Washington state primary
- Reed brother led detectives to bodies believed to be Arlington couple
- Boeing plans hundreds of layoffs in local IT unit
Most Read Stories
Kitzhaber and other bridge proponents say it would improve safety and decrease congestion.
Critics question the cost and light-rail plans.