Vancouver Columbia River Crossing office closing

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2011, file photo, taken in Portland, Ore., traffic crosses the Interstate 5 bridge spanning the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2011, file photo, taken in Portland, Ore., traffic crosses the Interstate 5 bridge spanning the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Since the Washington state Legislature decided not to contribute funds to a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River, the Columbia River Crossing office in Vancouver has begun shutting down.

Spokeswoman Many Putney told The Columbian records are being archived and 96 employees and consultants will move out by the end of the year.

The $3.4 billion project would have replaced the aging bridge, rebuilt freeway interchanges in Washington and Oregon and extended light rail from Portland to Vancouver.

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

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