Port of Hood River Commissioners voted to proceed with applying for a $195 million dollar multimodal projects discretionary grant for replacement of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge. That would be a major cornerstone towards the estimated $500 million that would be needed to replace the bridge. Port Commissioner Mike Fox says they are trying to take advantage of a decision by officials working on replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge in the Portland metro area not to seek funding during this grant cycle. There is a short turnaround time to submit the application, which is due on May 23. A conceptual finance plan would include the $195 million federal contribution, $110 million each from Oregon and Washington, and local Port contribution funded by tolls of $85 million.