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Lawmakers discuss new bridge effort

first_imgA group of state lawmakers from Washington and Oregon met in a closed-door meeting in Vancouver on Wednesday to discuss a new Columbia River bridge.It was not, however, a meeting to “revive the Columbia River Crossing,” said Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, one of the lawmakers spearheading the so-called Bi-State Bridge Coalition.Pike said she was encouraged by the meeting, which included 12 lawmakers, representing both states and both parties.The meeting, which was closed to the public and the press, was a combination of a “healthy postmortem and lessons learned” and the start of rebuilding relationships, Pike said.After Washington lawmakers declined to vote to pay their share of the Columbia River Crossing, which would have replaced the Interstate 5 Bridge, Oregon’s governor pushed ahead to consider an Oregon-only version of the project. The go-it-alone strategy failed to garner enough votes earlier this year, and the project was declared dead.“If we can get to yes, we have to lift together this time,” Oregon Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, said after the meeting. She was a vocal opponent of the Oregon-led project.last_img

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