I-5 bridge collapse brings attention to Columbia River Crossing

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Friday, May 24, 2013

The Skagit River I-5 bridge collapse highlights the need to invest more in infrastructure, supporters of the Columbia River Crossing project say.

"We're glad no one appears to have been seriously hurt, but it shows the need to invest in our transportation infrastructure, like the I-5 bridge over the Columbia," says Portland Business Alliance official Megan Doern, a spokesperson for the Columbia River Crossing Coalition, which supports the project.

A section of the Skagit River bridge collapsed around 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, reportedly because a large truck struck a support beam while crossing it. The Washington Legislature is in a special session considering whether to approve that state's $450 million of the $3.5 billion Columbia River bridge replacement and freeway improvement project.

Read more at The Portland Tribune.

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