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Ports back governors’ views on Columbia River crossing

Transportation officials say the current bridge that connects Portland and Vancouver is vulnerable to earthquakes.

Transportation officials say the current bridge that connects Portland and Vancouver is vulnerable to earthquakes.

The ports of Vancouver and Portland have thrown their support to the governors of Washington and Oregon in their push for faster action on the Columbia River Crossing project. The ports issued a joint statement Thursday that applauded the governors, citing the need to improve freight flow across the river.

“The Columbia River Crossing is, bar none, the most important project in our region for freight and goods movement,” said the Port of Vancouver director. The Port of Portland director said, “We support reducing greenhouse gas and encouraging use of transit and other modes, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that this is a major freight project that will benefit the West Coast and the nation.”

From the Columbian, February 19, 2010

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