East Clark County bridge effort prompts late scramble

first_imgNovember’s vote on Clark County Commissioner David Madore’s vision for a third bridge across the Columbia River is facing a last-minute hurdle.With only a few hours to go, commissioners are working to appoint members of two committees who will write pro and con statements for a nonbinding vote on the bridge, which will appear in the general election voters’ pamphlet. The deadline for naming committee members is 5 p.m. today.The advisory vote — approved by commissioners July 29 on a 2-1 vote — is intended to gauge whether there’s support for pursuing a bistate crossing from Southeast 192nd Avenue in Vancouver to Airport Way in Portland. Madore, a major opponent of the failed Columbia River Crossing, has been pushing the project as a congestion-relieving option worth investigating. Others have been skeptical of the idea, questioning everything from the bridge’s $860 million price tag, to its five-year development timeline and its ability to actually relieve congestion.He said Wednesday at a county board time meeting that he’d take the lead in forming the pro advisory vote committee but would abstain from naming people to the con committee.last_img read more