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January 16, 2014

Oregon lawmakers look at how to fund Columbia bridge

  • An official said Oregon would need agreements from Gov. Jay Inslee to acquire land and impose sanctions on Washington drivers who skip out on tolls.
    Associated Press

    SALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers peppered state officials and consultants Tuesday with questions about a proposal to replace a bridge over the Columbia River without funding from Washington state.

    The project wouldn't necessarily need approval in the Washington Legislature, though it would be helpful, Oregon Assistant Attorney General Ethan Hasenstein told lawmakers on the joint House and Senate committee created to study the proposal.

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