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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 5, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Wash. residents make heavier use of the I-5 bridge

When the Washington state Legislature chose not to fund Washington’s share of the I-5 bridge deal with Oregon, it threw the full responsibility and funding of a replacement bridge right back to Oregon [“Oregon governor, legislators don’t agree on future of I-5 bridge,” Politics, Jan. 31].

But the interesting fact is that the daily traffic buildup surrounding the bridge both morning and night is primarily as a result of residents of Vancouver, Wash., commuting to and from Portland. In other words, the hour-long traffic jams stem from mostly Washington drivers, not Oregonians.

Does it seem fair to ask an adjoining state to pay the full price to solve our problem?

In the meantime, the backups continue and the aging bridge is slowly deteriorating into more and more a potential hazard. Does it take another bridge collapse and the loss of life before our Legislature owns up to our share of responsibility?

Terry Nichols, Vancouver

Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: I-5 bridge, Legislature, Portland

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