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Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 8:26 p.m.

Columbia River bridge planners sued over height

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Columbia River Crossing planners have been sued over the proposed 95-foot height of a new Interstate 5 bridge between Vancouver and Portland.
A Vancouver, Wash., company that makes oil drilling rigs, Thompson Metal Fab, said the bridge would block the enormous steel products it barges down the river. It's already a tight squeeze under the existing bridge with its lift span raised to 179 feet above the water.
The Oregonian reported that the lawsuit was filed before a July 3 deadline.
Columbia River Crossing spokeswoman Many Putney said it's still talking with Thompson and is confident of finding a solution.
The Coast Guard and Corps of Engineers also say a 95-foot high bridge with no lift span is too low.
Two environmental groups also sued the Columbia River Crossing.
Story tags » I-5Vancouver

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