VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — With a 2-1 vote, Clark County commissioners have approved placing an advisory vote on November's ballot to gauge public interest on a third bridge over the Columbia River.
The Vancouver Columbian reports (http://bit.ly/1rP5FbO) that with Tuesday's vote, residents will weigh in on building a bridge in the east part of the county for an estimated $860 million.
This is the latest episode in a protracted debate on how to relieve congestion between southwest Washington and the Portland area. Transportation officials in the two states have backed a plan to revamp the Interstate 5 crossing, but those efforts were stifled after Washington lawmakers balked at authorizing money. That bridge plan includes light rail and cost an estimated $2.9 billion, but it would come with federal money.
Backers of a third bridge argue it's a more affordable crossing.
Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com