Feds give Washington, Oregon 5 years to repay money on defunct Columbia River bridge project

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VANCOUVER, Washington — The Federal Highway Administration is giving the states of Washington and Oregon five more years to repay tens of millions of dollars they were given for the now-defunct Columbia River Crossing — a new Interstate 5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver.

The states requested the extension last month.

The Columbian reports (http://bit.ly/ZrNEFl) the states could be on the hook for as much as $188 million. More than $100 million of that went to Oregon.

The $2.9 billion project shut down in May after five years of work as support shrank in both legislatures.

Transportation officials say a new I-5 bridge eventually will be needed over the Columbia River.

Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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