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I-5 Columbia River bridge project shuts down

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VANCOUVER — The Vancouver office for the Columbia River Crossing has been cleared out and the unsuccessful project to build a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River officially ends this month.

Nearly $200 million was spent on plans for a $2.9 billion bridge with light rail to connect Portland and Vancouver.

The bridge had been a joint effort of Oregon and Washington before Washington state lawmakers balked at authorizing money in 2013. Oregon attempted to continue the project…

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