The Oregon House voted 45 to 11 Monday, to approve state funding for the Columbia River Crossing project, which includes a new bridge and light-rail line to Vancouver as well as Interstate 5 interchange improvements.

“After a decade of study and planning, the Legislature is finally forging ahead on this important jobs and economic development bill,” said House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland), in a prepared statement. “This project will improve the safety of the bridge, and ensure we can move the goods and services our economy relies on to thrive. I’m proud of this bipartisan effort to pass a prudent, thoughtful, practical bill that will keep the project moving forward.”

House Bill 2800 moves to the Senate, where the project, renamed the I-5 Bridge Replacement Project, also has bipartisan support.

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