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On my first trip to Portland from Michigan 18 years ago, my first impression of Oregon was puzzling, how is the largest interstate in the West crossing the largest river in the West on a drawbridge?

Given the large investment and iconic potential of a bridge like the Columbia River Crossing, I am glad the bridge will be built with additional room to handle future unforeseen needs and assure as long a lifespan as possible. Since it is easy to limit traffic with lane configurations and tollbooths, the idea of limiting traffic by building a too small bridge seemed like poor planning and had un-green potential ramifications beyond the exhaust from idling traffic.

If we had to replace this new bridge, or add another bridge in a few decades because of additional mass transit or other needs, it would be a huge waist of resources and loss or compromise of what could be an iconic structure representing Oregon and Washington.

Now that the size debate is over, let’s work with the State of Washington to make the Columbia River Crossing the big, bold, iconic structure that does justice to the bridge’s grand setting and symbolic function, a bridge in which the NW region can take pride for at least the next century.

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