By Rick Bannon
The Reflector 

Interstate 5 bridge replacement will likely utilize light rail


Last updated 4/28/2022 at 10:05am

Rick Bannon, The Reflector

Cars pass on the northbound span of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River on April 13.

The program to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge inches closer to a final design as scenarios currently under consideration are likely to use light rail as its mass transit component.

During meetings on April 21, the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program Executive Steering Group and the Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action Committee were briefed by program staff on what the bridge replacement could look like. Of the two options currently on the table, both will utilize light rail.

In order to be eligible for federal funding, a mass transit component is necessary. Light rail, alongside bus rapid transit, were under consideration for that requirement, though staff said the benefits of light rail are greater.

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