VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Clark County Commisioner David Madore’s admitted longshot of an idea to build a $1 billion bridge across the Columbia River was debated at a public hearing Friday night.
The bridge, proposed at 192nd Avenue across Government Island to an industrial area to Marine Drive, is not a freeway.
Madore said the third bridge across the Columbia River would allow th
e urban growth happening in that area to connect.
“It’s a matter of do we have the will to come up with less money to build a project that can be built in 5 years,” said Madore.
“Do we want to move the community forward with the gas tax we’re already paying?”
But his plan does not include lightrail, which is necessary to receive any federal money for the bridge. Madore, who opposed an I-5 Columbia River crossing, said the plan will not take one federal dollar.
Kelly Love, President of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is not entirely dismissive of the idea, but fundamental questions are thus far unanswered.
“This is an $860 million dollar bridge that dead-ends at Airport Way. Does Oregon even want it?” he asks.
Former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard told KOIN 6 News Friday there is no way the city will give up land for the project.
“This is so stupid, in my mind,” Pollard said.
Current Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt does not support the idea, and neither does either Washington US senator.
Madore remains optimistic.
“Every idea, every vision starts as a long shot,” he said. Madore brought a Florida-based engineering company to study the third bridge option, but there remains no clear funding plan for the project.