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Published: Friday, November 9, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

State Republicans hit Columbia bridge plan

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Ten southwest Washington Republicans say that the defeat in Clark County of a ballot measure to increase the sales tax is a sign the proposed $3.5 billion interstate bridge across the Columbia River must be redesigned.
The current and newly elected officials who issued a statement included U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler.
The Oregonian reported that sponsors of the Columbia River Crossing contend the vote was falsely portrayed as a referendum on the project, and the Clark County transportation agency already money for the light-rail operation planned on the bridge.
The project is designed to replace the Interstate 5 bridge and extend light-rail service from Portland to Clark County.
The statement came as the Oregon and Washington legislatures prepare to consider their $450 million shares of the bridge's finances.
Story tags » I-5Clark County

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