Port of HR Watching Two Bills Related To Bridge Replacement Effort

Port of Hood River officials are keeping an eye on two pieces of legislation that could impact efforts to eventually fund a replacement of the Interstate Bridge.  One is a regulatory authority bill that has recently received key approvals and is headed to the Senate floor, and will head back to the House for concurrence if approved by the Senate.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says this bill would open up options for bringing private money into the project.  The Port is also watching the overall transportation bill, which includes the bridge on a list of various projects to be funded.  McElwee says they have requested $5,000,000 to complete an environmental impact statement and do financial analysis and geo-technical work.

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