Vancouver, Wash., resolution supports I-5 bridge replacement

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The City Council in Vancouver, Washington, has adopted a resolution in support of replacing the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.

The resolution asks Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Legislature to provide funding for the long-debated project.

Traffic jams plague drivers at the border of Portland and Vancouver, and a new bridge is seen as at least a partial solution. Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle said in a statement Tuesday that replacing the bridge is critical for the region’s economy.

Washington state lawmakers balked at authorizing money for a bridge in 2013, derailing a joint Oregon-Washington project known as the Columbia River Crossing.