OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A top assistant to Washington state's attorney general says he sees no legal barriers to an Oregon-led project to build a new Columbia River bridge - as long as Washington money isn't used.
In letters this week to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Coast Guard Rear Admiral F.J. Kenney, Senior Assistant Attorney General Bryce Brown wrote that Washington can legally authorize Oregon to build and operate the proposed Interstate 5 bridge replacement on Washington soil.
Both The Columbian and The Oregonian carried reports on Brown's letters.
The Washington Legislature adjourned earlier this year without providing any money for the project. Now it has resurfaced as a pared-down effort led by Oregon.
The revised project would build a new bridge over the Columbia between Portland and Vancouver, Wash., with light rail and tolls. It would cost an estimated $2.7 billion.
The Coast Guard is considering whether to approve a permit the project needs to move forward.