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At a daylong meeting in Vancouver yesterday, the leaders of the Columbia River Crossing project announced that the start of construction would be pushed back another two years as the bridge tries to dig up money. So far, Oregon and Washington have spent $145 million planning the bridge. From The Columbian's report:
[Washington] state's Deputy Transportation Secretary David Dye emphasized the importance of the project, stressing that both Oregon and Washington must commit money soon. Dye chalked up the latest timing setback to "funding realities."
It also puts the project's major construction start time in a place where it's been since 2008: two years away. In 2008, plans for construction were set for 2010, and by 2010, word was construction would start in 2012.