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March 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Coast Guard: New Portland-Vancouver bridge too low for ship traffic

From The Associated Press:

 VANCOUVER , WA – The Coast Guard says the planned new Portland-Vancouver Interstate 5 bridge would be too low for Columbia River ship traffic.

 The Coast Guard official responsible for issuing a bridge permit, Randall Overton in Seattle, said this week that 95 feet of clearance won’t meet the needs of current and future commerce.

 The Columbian reports  adding height could add up to $150 million to the $3.5 billion project.

Columbia River Crossing Director Nancy Boyd says the news from the Coast Guard comes as a surprise. She says the staff thought it had an agreement that 95 feet would be acceptable.

 A Vancouver company that barges oil rigs to Alaska and Asia, Thompson Metal Fab, says it needs at least a 125-foot clearance.

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