Clark County Republicans call for Columbia River Crossing redesign

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Ten Southwest Washington Republicans say the Columbia River Crossing must be completely redesigned.

The current and newly elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, issued a joint statement condemning plans for the project estimated at almost $3.5 billion as flawed, impossible to permit and essentially doomed.

But project backers dismissed the defeated Clark County ballot measure as a red herring and the bid for a redesign as a ploy to kill the bridge. They said light rail never needed the measure's proposed sales-tax increase, adding that pushing ahead to meet federal funding deadlines is crucial.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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